May 30, 2024 1:47 am

Unprecedented! SDA Hospital records Zero Maternal Mortality in 2021

The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Hospital at Asamang in the Sekyere South District of the Ashanti Region has recorded a Zero Maternal Mortality for the year 2021. 

Recording four mortalities the preceding year, the facility set for itself to achieve that feat in 2021.

At its Annual Staff Durbar in December 2021, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Adjei Frempong said the achievement means a lot to them as a health facility.

Dr. Adjei Frempong is the Medical Director of the SDA Hospital

He noted the hospital stands a higher risk of maternal casualty since it is a referral centre, and thereby having 825 safe deliveries in the course of the year an achievement worth celebrating.

Calling on the staff to double their efforts in sustaining the laurel, he called on the corporate body and individuals to help equip the Maternity Department to improve their efficiency.

Speaking with Ghanasonline.com, Administrator of the hospital, Kofi Adu Gyamfi, indicated the excellence achieved by the medical staff was pre-empted by pragmatic schemes set by management of the Hospital.

He said the Quality Improvements Committee of the hospital as part of their initiative, tracked all activities of the maternity bringing to bear any challenges they encountered to get them resolved.

He  intimated the “near misses” cases they audited for instance, went a long way in helping them chalk the success they had at the Maternity department.

“There is something called near misses and we audited them which also helped us. We looked into all cases which nearly resulted in deaths to determine whether they were professional negligence or something else so that we avert later”

Mr. Adu Gyamfi further noted the provision of a gynaecologist was a major boost for the department since they lacked it the previous year.

He also lauded the government for providing them additional midwives to augment their staff capacity aside the extension of the maternity ward by the management.

“Last year [2020] we had no gynaecologist which was a major problem for us but in 2021 we got one. We also got staff boost in terms of our midwives. We had only 16 midwives and the government posted more midwives for us so now we can boast of about 30”

“We also had an extension of the maternity ward by increasing it by 15 beds. We separated the maternity and postnatal wards and that made us get attention for those in labour and those coming for maternity,” he explained.

Source: Ghanasonline.com

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