Maternal, infant deaths fallen – President Mahama

The rates of maternal, infant, child, and under-five mortalities have reduced drastically under the National Democratic Congress-led government, President John Dramani Mahama has said.

Delivering the highlights of the NDC’s manifesto at the State House in Accra on Tuesday September 13, Mr Mahama said all the indices on these mortalities have shown a downward trend due to the good policies being implemented in the heath sector by his country.

He said: “If you look at the indices, we are making progress, maternal mortality rates are on a downward trend, infant mortality is down, child mortality is down, under-five mortality is down. It means that in all these major indices, we are reducing maternal mortality and all the other mortalities.”

He further stated: “We established the national ambulance service; we increased the number of licensed midwives, between 2009 and 2015 from 500 to 2000, within this period.”

“Tamale hospital expanded four hundred beds; University of Ghana Teaching Hospital, 617 beds under construction; refurbishment of intensive care unit, completion of new eye care centre at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, refurbishment of the operative theatres at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. We have almost completed the second military hospital, the first military hospital is 37 Accra, the second military hospital is almost completed and will be completed by first-quarter of next year.”

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