The Ejisu-Juaben Municipality is making good progress in the fight to prevent maternal deaths, Mrs. Josephine Ahorsu, the Municipal Health Director, has announced.
The number of such deaths in the area was down to two, last year, from the 2016 figure of nine.
She attributed this to intensification of public health education and community outreach programmes, adding that, all key performance indicators, were also showing positive.
She was speaking at the annual performance review meeting held by the Municipal Health Directorate at Ejisu.
Mrs. Ahorsu said she was thrilled by the strong support from the assembly, traditional rulers and other stakeholders and said that needed to be sustained to assure the population of quality healthcare.
The chief anesthetist of the Living Waters Medical Centre, Mr. Lawrence Tuuli, expressed concern about the growing trend of accidental swallowing of coins by children.
He indicated that this was becoming a major health concern and more should be done to provide protection for children.
He said, the facility had to perform surgery to remove coins stuck in the throat of eight children aged between four and eight years, last year.
Within the first three weeks of the New Year, two cases had aleady been seen, he added.
He said the facility, one of the few in the Ashanti Region, with the capacity to remove small objects from the throat, ear and nose, was becoming overwhelmed by the rising cases.
He therefore appealed to parents to desist from giving out coins to children when they were going to school and advised that in the event of any accident, help should quickly be sought at a health facility.
Dr. Emmanuel Kwadwo Tinkorang, the Regional Health Director, in an address read for him, praised health workers for their hard work in the face of challenges.
The net result, he noted, had been a significant improvement in health care services in the area.