The Deputy Health Minister who doubles as Member of Parliament for Weija-Gbawe Constituency, Hon. Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah has whispered Government’s intention to procure specialized ambulances as part of measures to curb neonatal and maternal mortality in Ghana.
In a telephone conversation, the Deputy Health Minister admitted she is currently out of the shores of Ghana leading a team made up of the head of Ambulance Service and some technical men from the Ministry of Health on official visit to the Netherlands to inspect some specialized ambulances to be procured by government to facilitate neonatal and maternal healthcare service rendered to expectant mothers throughout the country.
According to her, Government through the Ministry of Health will soon procure specialized rescue boats and tricycles designed in ambulance forms aside the regular ambulances used for medical outreaches and conveying patients on transfer to districts and regional hospitals for quick medical attention.
She hinted that the rescue boats and tricycles designed in ambulance forms when procured by Government will be used in rural settlements to provide maternal and neonatal healthcare services to pregnant women with emergency or complication issues. “The specialized ambulances in the form of boats and tricycles will be the first of their kinds in the country”, She remarked.
In the same conversation, she revealed that the specialized rescue boats in the form of ambulance will be deployed to communities where pregnant women cross rivers before they are able to receive antenatal care and other healthcare services. This according to her will make the various healthcare facilities in some remote parts of the country accessible to pregnant women. This laudable initiative by Government will reduce or if possible eliminate maternal and neonatal mortality which occur as a result of pregnant women’s inability to access healthcare posts on time during labour. “Delayed labour may result in the death of the mother or the unborn baby or both and this is not good for the country” she stated passionately.
On the specialized tricycles designed to provide ambulance service to pregnant women in labour, the ever passionate and hardworking Deputy Health Minister Hon. Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah said, such tricycles are designed considering our terrain where most roads linking healthcare posts are not easily by 4 wheel vehicles, therefore such tricycles will be very mobile to be used to convey pregnant women in labour or in some form of complications to nearby healthcare posts or facilities for medical attention.
She however, expressed shock at the number expectant mothers who lose their live or baby per every 1000 live births in the country. she said the number which goes beyond 100 per 1000 live births is nothing good to ride home about. She admitted most developed countries record just 1 death out of every 1000 live births, yet steps are being taken to research into the cause of such death; therefore steps taken by Government to procure the specialized ambulances is in the right direction.
She was optimistic that, Ghana will soon get to a stage where the country will record very less number of deaths as maternal and neonatal mortality rate.
Story by Teacher Danquah/hardpointonline.com