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GSS undertakes maternal health survey


By: Fred Yaw Sarpong

The Ghana Statistical Services (GSS) has started conducting a survey on Maternal Health and pregnancy related issues across the country.

The 2017 Maternal Health survey is in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ghana Health Service (GHS) with funding coming from the European Union (EU), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and MoH.

The survey started on the 27th January, 2017 and expected to end on the 13th April, 2017.

Mr. Peter Peprah, the Project Coordinator explained that the data collection exercise aims at determining the level of maternal mortality and causes of maternal deaths in the country.

“The exercise consists of data collection at the household level as well as among the level of individual women,” he stated.

The Daily Express told that the project involves two phases. The first phase consists of visiting about 900 selected areas, where the enumerators/field workers will gather information about households in various houses and collecting information about death of women between the ages of 12 years and 54 years.

According to the GSS, the incidents must have happened in the last five years.

Mr. Peprah said field officers have been trained and deployed to the field across the 10 regions of the country to collect the data for this phase.

He mentioned that another group of trained field officers will be deploying in May 2017 for the second phase of the exercise.

According to him, the second phase will allows the field officers to solicit information on specific causes of maternal and non-maternal deaths, and specifically be able to identify deaths due to abortion related causes among adult women; women’s perceptions and experience with antenatal, maternity, and emergency obstetrical care, especially with regard to care received before, during and following the termination of a pregnancy.

“In all, the survey will study women in about 27,000 households in 900 Enumeration Areas (EAs) across the country. We appeal to households and communities to provide the field officers with the needed information in the discharge of their duties,” he appealed.


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