Date: August 2, 2010, 6:19 am


Barely days after the commencement of the free maternal health package for pregnant women instituted by President Kufuor, are some health institutions witnessing sharp increases in the registration of expectant mothers.

For example, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has recorded 780 new cases of pregnant women attending ante-natal clinics from July 1-10 while deliveries for the same period were 209.  Prof. Nii Otu Nartey, Chief Executive of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital disclosed this on Thursday when the head of the National Health Insurance Authority, Ras Boateng paid a working visit to some health institutions in Accra. 

The Free maternal health initiative is aimed at eliminating maternal mortality as well as addressing Ghana’s challenge in attaining the Millennium Development Goals.  Under the package, pregnant women who are registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme will be exempted from paying the NHIS premium, the registration fee and paying for the waiting period between registration and accessing services. 

New document on family planning launched

A strategy document aimed at repositioning family planning services in Ghana was launched in Accra on Friday. 

Dubbed ‘A roadmap for repositioning family planning in Ghana’ the document identifies gaps in service delivery, research and evaluation.  It also sets targets, defines roles and responsibilities of various agencies and stakeholders by outlining strategies and activities for the effective repositioning of family planning in Ghana.

This roadmap will also contribute to the achievement of the goals of the GPRS, MDG and their national socioeconomic development objectives through increased availability, accessibility and wider acceptance and utilization of the family.


Friday 18th July

More pregnant women register under free maternal health care programme

The National Health Insurance Authority has recorded a total of 50,924 pregnant women who have registered under the free maternal heath care programme since its inception on the 1st of July 2008the  chief executive officer of the Authority, Mr. Ras Boateng,  said  the figure represented what the Authority had so far received  from some of the districts.

Mr. Boateng said under the programme, pregnant women would benefit from the ante-natal period to three months after delivery and all other medical problems within this period would be covered.


Friday 18th July

Bawku children at risk

Children under five years in Bawku stand the risk of dying from the six childhood killer diseases because the conflict there has prevented health personnel from vaccinating them, the Bawku Municipal Director of Health has said.   Dr. Mensah said that due to the prolonged conflict only 20.4 percent for polio and 22.3 percent for measles of the projected 90 percent coverage had been achieved in the immunization of children by March this year.  The situation, he said has resulted in large numbers of children reporting with infectious diseases some of which have ended in deaths. 

Regardless of this, there has been

No death from measles in 5 years

Ghana has not recorded a single death from measles particularly among children within the last five years.  Dr. Elias Sory, Director General of the Ghana Health Service said at Tamale. He has asked directors to redouble their efforts to curb preventable deaths in the country especially in health facilities.

According to him, maternal and child mortality still remains a challenge to the Ghana Health Service and advised doctors to do more clinical and less administrative work to ensure that high and quality services are made available to the people. 

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