The acting Vice Chancellor of the University for Development, Studies (UDS) Prof. Kaku Sagary Nokoe has advocated an increase in government support towards reducing maternal and child mortality in the country.
He said it was time for government and other developmental partners to commit more resources to fight against factors that inhibit the growth and survival of both mothers and children in the country.
“The high infant and maternal deaths in most of our communities are unacceptable and it will interest you to know that these are preventable deaths and the earlier we deal positively with it the better” he said.
Prof. Nokoe was addressing a two day international workshop in Tamale for the Academia, NGO partners and students organised by the UDS in collaboration with the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University with funding from the USAID and the Higher Education for Development.
Looking at the bad statistics of mother and child aside, the high poverty in most part of Ghana, it was important for stakeholders to develop effective strategies to reverse the odds, Prof. Nokoe stated.
He therefore called on development partners particularly those dealing with health and academia to put their heads together to identify the challenges and devise strategies to combat it.
To this end Prof. Nokoe impressed upon government to resource the Universities to carry out their mandate effectively, especially “capacity building and sharing of research information among the various stakeholders.”
The Dean of Health Sciences at the UDS, Dr. Edward Gyader, stated that seriousness must be attached to “targeting middle level health professional such as midwives and community health nurses.”
He said “When their capacities are improved, they can ensure supervised deliveries thereby reducing the preventable deaths.”
Professor Oghenekome Onokpise, an associate dean from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, mentioned the linkage between quality health, food security and ICT.
He said most women and children die as a result of anemia which could be addressed with simple agricultural technology to increase food availability.