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Enhancing maternal wellbeing in Ghana: Availability of resources for safe delivery in Akatsi and Keta Districts of Volta Region

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dc.contributor.author Tsikata, Heward G.
dc.contributor.author Chambas, Kwabena A.
dc.contributor.author Tsatsu, H. J
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-04T11:57:04Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-04T11:57:04Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05
dc.identifier.issn 2329-9843
dc.identifier.uri file:///C:/Users/resource/Downloads/Enhancing-maternal-wellbeing-in-Ghana_-Availability-of-resources-for-safe-delivery-in-Akatsi-and-Keta-Districts-of-Volta-Region.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://awdflibrary.org:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/986
dc.description.abstract The thrust of the present study was to examine resources available for safe delivery in Akatsi and Keta Districts of Volta Region of Ghana with a view to highlighting the importance of improving maternal health in these districts in particular, and by extension in Ghana as a whole. Interviews were conducted from a sample size of 6,250 respondents within the reproductive age group of 15- 49 years drawn from both districts in 2007. The results show that most of the women had only basic education and were generally petty traders, farmers and fishmongers. Only 39.2% of the women from Akatsi and 53.9% of their counterparts from Keta delivered in a hospital within 8 km from their places of residence, implying that a substantial proportion of the women from both districts traveled long distances to deliver their babies. Furthermore, delivery by traditional birth attendants (TBAs) and assisted delivery at home by relatives and friends were still common, while the road network in both districts was poor. About 25% of the women from both districts spent more than 1 hr to walk to a health facility, while those who patronized vehicular means of transport had to pass through rough roads (61.2% in Akatsi and 52.2% in Keta). The findings also suggest that 36.4% and 29.1% from Akatsi and Keta districts respectively needed extra care from their attendants or experienced some degree of delay at the health facility level. The Government of Ghana should therefore aim at increasing girls’ participation at all levels of the education system in the country, and rehabilitate roads or construct new ones to help the people transport emergency complications to the health facility on time to prevent deaths. Every pregnant woman should be assisted by a skilled birth attendant because maternal deaths from pregnancies and birth complications are avoidable if the women are attended to by skilled professionals in well-equipped health facilities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Educational Research and Reviews en_US
dc.subject Childbirth en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject health en_US
dc.subject maternal mortality en_US
dc.subject pregnancy en_US
dc.title Enhancing maternal wellbeing in Ghana: Availability of resources for safe delivery in Akatsi and Keta Districts of Volta Region en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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