65 pregnant women died from January to October, this year, trying to give birth in the Western Region.
Last year the number was 95.
According to the regional Public Health Director Dorcas Sackyi who gave the startling figures, out of the 65 deaths recorded so far this year 22 were in the Sekondi – Takoradi Metropolis.
She attributed the deaths to unsafe abortion, hemorrhage, obstructed labor Sepsis and other complications during delivery.
Hemorrhage constitutes 48 percent, 17 percent is caused by pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)and unsafe abortion accounts for 7 percent of maternal deaths in the region.
Mad. Sackyi, who was speaking to Skyy news after a book launch on Maternal Mortality stated it is regrettable for the women to lose her life while bringing forth to another life.
She blamed some pregnant women who do not pay attention to changes in their body in months leading to delivery as another cause of deaths.
“Most of the deaths occur at the hospital because most pregnant women do not come to the hospital on time. They prefer to visit some other places before the come to the main hospitals. So before they will reach our end their situation has already deteriorated”.
She added that some pregnant women during labour prefer traditional birth attendants due to financial constraints and also with the view of obtaining spiritual protection for their child.
“Unfortunately most of the traditional birth attendants use unscientific means in delivering babies”.
Mad. Sackyi said it will require a concerted effort for maternal mortality to be eliminated.
She urged nurses and midwives to be patient and more professional in the discharge of their duties as reports are rife that they maltreat women when they come to deliver.
“In fact we are told some of the health professionals demand soaps and eggs from pregnant women”.
But she was quick to add that “it is a human institution and it is possible to have some bad nuts with us”.
“Be that as it may we are poised to sanction any midwife found to be soliciting items from poor pregnant women when they come to deliver”.
BY: STEPHEN CUDJOE