Malnutrition, anemia in Ghana remain concern to UNICEF 

Josephine Agborson

Madam Josephine Agborson, Health Officer with the UNICEF, Accra Office, says malnutrition and anemia, especially among children under-five remained a concern to the United Nations body.  

She said challenges, such as stunting and wasting rates must be addressed and proven interventions promoting optimal infant and young child feeding practiced. 

The health Officer said UNICEF remained a steadfast partner in a journey towards improved maternal, newborn, and adolescent health and nutrition (MNCAH & N) outcomes. 

Madam Agborson said this in a solidarity message at the Volta Regional 2023 Annual Performance Review conference under the theme, “Strengthening the Primary Healthcare System for Improved Access to Quality Health Service Delivery: The Role of Networks of Practice (NoPs),” in Ho. 

On MNCAH&N indicators, she said available data showed that the country had made strides in reducing, but a lot more needed to be done to reduce disparities across the regions to further reduce maternal mortality; to ensure that skilled attendance at birth and access to essential newborn care services. 

Madam Agborson said there was also the need to strengthen routine immunisation programmes, particularly in underserved communities-both rural and urban, and hard-to-reach, to achieve and sustain high coverage rates. 

“With regard to adolescent health outcomes which includes teenage pregnancy rates, access to sexual and reproductive health services required continued focus,” she added. 

She said UNICEF was committed in supporting the Ghana Health Service to provide technical assistance to translate data findings into advocacy messages that drive policy change and resource allocation. 

Madam Agborson said they would continue to offer expertise in areas like immunisation, maternal health, newborn care, adolescent health, and nutrition to strengthen service delivery at all levels. 

She said they would also continue to contribute to capacity-building programmes for healthcare workers to ensure they possessed the necessary skills to deliver high-quality MNCAH&N services. 

“By leveraging data, fostering collaboration, and harnessing UNICEF’s support, the Volta Regional Health Directorate can make significant strides, ensuring a healthier and brighter future for the people especially women, newborns, children, and adolescents in the Region, she added. 

There were solidarity messages from development partners including the Korea Foundation for International Health (KOFIH) USAID Q4H, WHO, and NGOs in Health. 

Source: GNA 

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