The Upper East Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Winfred Ofosu has expressed concern about the lack of ambulances at various health facilities in the region.
According to him, the situation had resulted in increased maternal mortality death ratio from 11 percent in 2018 to 13.9 percent in mid 2019.
Dr. Ofosu noted that the mortality stemmed from delays in transporting pregnant women from the community level to referral centers.
“Our roads are not very good, anytime there are referral cases of pregnant patient from the community level to the hospitals, there are always delays of arrival. Even though we have some of the MotorKing ambulances, most of them can’t render services at night due to security reasons. Therefore, we hope government can release the 260 ambulances for each constituency to help us solve the situation”, he said.
Dr. Ofosu said this at the Mid-Year Performance review meeting of the Ghana Health Services in Bolgatanga.
He however appealed to District and Municipal Health Directorates to focus on quality data collection as part of measures to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
“Universal Health Coverage is a major priority in the Health Sector but without quality data collection, it will be difficult to know how well we are doing. For us to achieve UHC, we should be able to document accurately our services and report correctly on them. Therefore, all BMC heads and teams must take keen interest in ensuring quality data collection in respective facilities”, he added.
The meeting was on the theme: “The role of quality data in achieving universal health coverage”.