Medical attention 'saves mothers' lives'

Closer links between new mothers and medical professionals can help reduce maternal and newborn mortality rates in Ghana, it has been reported.

Dr Linda Vanotoo, western regional director of health services in the West African republic, says such deaths remain "a challenge" to the medical service, reports Ghana News.

She claims an average of 17,584 neonatal deaths occur in Ghana every year, a figure she says needs reducing.

Dr Vanotoo states that child birth complications are often impossible to predict, meaning it is vital for midwives to conduct checks on new mothers after they have completed labour.

"Midwives and other professionals with midwifery skills can avert, contain or solve many life threatening problems that may arise during child birth," she notes.

According to her, antenatal care should be treated as "a platform" for stronger links between mothers and service providers during and after child birth.

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