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Preliminary results of the 2017 Ghana Maternal Health Survey (GMHS, 2017) reveals gains in maternal health as 8 in 10 deliveries representing 72 per cent occur in a health facility, indicating an a 54 percent increase from what was recorded in 2007.
The GMHS is implemented by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) together with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in June, 2017.
According to the head of field operations and logistics at the GSS, Peter Takyi Peprah, the results show that health facility deliveries vary from region to region, the lowest being 59 per cent in the Northern region and the highest being 92 percent in the Greater Accra Region.
He said, 98 per cent of women received antenatal care from skilled providers whiles an increase in women making antenatal visits from 77 per cent in 2007 to 89 per cent in 2017.
“The survey results also show that fertility continues to decrease.
“Currently, women have an average of 3.9 per cent children, a decrease from 4.6 children per woman in 2007,” he stated.
Mr. Peprah hinted, that one in four married women use modern methods of family planning. The injectable contributes to eight per cent while the Implant accounts for seven per cent of the popular methods.
The sample represents more than 25,000 women from the ages of 15 to 49. It was financially supported by the Government of Ghana, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union (EU) and the UNFPA.
Also technical assistance was provided by ICF through the DHS program, a USAID-funded project in surveys in health surveys and population.
The final report for 2017 GMHS would be released in the middle of this year.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey