Improved maternal health is an important prerequisite for women’s advancement and achieving set targets for Goal Three of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Yet, due to low access and utilisation of maternal healthcare, women, especially those in rural the communities, remain vulnerable and under-served.
The SDG Goal Three, among others, seeks to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, and end preventable deaths of new-born babies and children below five years.
Countries around the world are aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to as low as 12 per 1,000 live births, and under-five mortality to as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.
But, the absence of staff accommodation, a laboratory, and standard maternity ward at the Bonsu Health Centre in the Nkoranza South Municipality in the Bono East Region is affecting the provision and access to quality health care service delivery.
Currently, the Bonsu Health Centre serves more than 6,000 clients, but the facility is bedeviled with poor hygiene and sanitation conditions due to lack of sanitary facilities.
This came to light when the Project Assessment Team (PAT) of the Global Media Foundation (GLOMeF), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), visited the Health Centre to assess challenges confronting the facility.
Madam Sylvia Boakye Sarpong, Officer-in-Charge of the facility, said only two out of the nine health workers had accommodation, and the situation was affecting quality service delivery.
She said the facility recorded about 500 out-patients department attendance, with 100 being maternity, a month and, therefore, appealed for the urgent expansion of the facility.
Madam Sarpong said through its internally-generated fund, the facility was putting up a laboratory of GH¢50,000, but the project has come to a standstill due to lack of funds.
Mr. Raphael Godlove Ahenu, Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), said quality healthcare was a fundamental human right and a key indicator of sustainable development.
“Poor health conditions threaten the rights of children to education within communities and countries around the world.”
Mr. Ahenu appealed for support towards upgrading the facility to provide quality healthcare delivery to the people.
In 2018, the human rights and media advocacy NGO initiated, and is, implementing a project in the area to help achieve the global SDG three.
Titled “Project Rural Health System Strengthening Program (RHSS)”, the goal of the project aims at partnering the private sector, health care NGOs, and public clinics to raise awareness and increase access to targeted health services for all, especially rural communities.
It is also designed for improving health infrastructure in the rural communities to help improve quality health care delivery.