Unsafe abortions 'a major cause of maternal deaths in Ghana'

Unsafe abortions are still a major cause of maternal deaths in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, it has been claimed.

According to the annual reports of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ridge Hospital, Tema General Hospital and the La General Hospital, haemorrhage and hypertension are also common causes of maternal death, states the Ghana News Agency.

Of 86 deaths at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, 18 were due to haemorrhage, while induced abortion and hypertension were for responsible for 15 respectively.

Dr Emmanuel K. Srofenyoh, head of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Ridge Hospital, told the news provider that shortages of orderlies, health aides, midwives, doctors and specialists, coupled with a lack of blood products was behind the problems.

He added that these issues need to be addressed if the nation is to meet its Millennium Development Goals on health.

Last week, a study by the by the National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation highlighted that basic training slashes stillbirth rates in developing nations.

Posted by Paul Robertson