A new Midwifery Training College will be established by the government at Sampa, capital of Jaman North District in the Brong-Ahafo region.
The move is aimed at improving health delivery and natal needs of patients, thereby reducing mortality rate which has been prevalent in the area.
Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, Minister for Health announced this, when he commissioned a maternity, surgical and children’s wards for the Sampa District Hospital.
The facilities were built by a philanthropist and citizen of Sampa, Matthew Essieh, to support the infrastructural needs of a new hospital for the district.
The Minister tasked the Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council and the Jaman North District Assembly to provide the minimum infrastructure requirements in order for the midwifery schools to take off.
He said once the minimum requirements were provided the Ministry of Health will deliver the other facilities and manpower to improve health care delivery in the country.
The Minister lauded the philanthropic act of Mr Essieh for the construction of the facilities for the new hospital.
Kwadwo Nyamkye-Marfo said the government was committed to its “Better Ghana Agenda” by investing in a healthy and productive environment for its citizenry.
Dr Kumbuor said government was working towards ensuring that all citizens have access to basic health service.
To this need, it was pursuing a client policy which would enable the ministry place a trained health worker within each community in Ghana.
He said the government also intends to provide additional hospital beds to ease congestion in all major hospitals to ensure that we reduce the high levels of maternal mortality in the country.
He noted that in most cases, maternal deaths could be attributed to inadequate pre-natal care, high incidence of hig-risk births and lack of information and means to manage difficult pregnancies.
Dr Kumbuor added that the implementation of the free delivery service has begun to make heavy demands on health services.
It was in this direction that government plans to rehabilitate all maternal units to reduce the unfortunate scenes of congestion in our health facilities.
The Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Aaron Ofei announced that a master plan has been developed to guide the future development of the Sampa Hospital.
He bemoaned the misuse of a local FM station to harass hospital staff in the districts saying that it did not augur well for a better community and staff relations.