Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hypertension Now Leading Cause Of Maternal Death

Hypertension has overtaken haemorrhage as the leading cause of maternal mortality in Ghana’s cities.
This has been attributed to the changing behavioural and lifestyle characteristics of women, especially pregnant women, in the cities.

Deputy Director of Reproductive Child Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Aboagye, made this known in an interview with the Daily Graphic in Kumasi. He therefore, called on pregnant women to watch their lifestyles.

Other major direct causes of maternal mortality are infection, unsafe abortion and obstructed labour.

Dr Aboagye was speaking after the opening of a stakeholder dissemination review meeting of a study to address postpartum haemorrhage in Kumasi.

The study was instituted by the GHS, in conjunction with the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) at Bonsaaso in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region, with the view to finding new ways of preventing the death of women who deliver at home.

There are three types of high blood pressure in pregnant women. One is chronic hypertension, where high blood pressure develops before the 20th week of pregnancy or is present before the woman becomes pregnant.

The second is gestation hypertension, where some women just get high blood pressure near the end of pregnancy, while the third is pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), which condition can cause serious problems for both the mother and the baby if left untreated.

PIH develops after the 20th week of pregnancy. Along with high blood pressure, it causes protein in the urine, blood changes and other problems.

Earlier in a speech at the opening ceremony, Dr Aboagye called on all to play their respective roles so as to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 5 of reducing maternal mortality by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015.

He said Ghana had stepped up the training of midwives, with at least 500 being trained every year.

The Team/Cluster Manager of the Bonsaaso MVP, Mr Samuel Afram, said the project had shown evidence that achieving MDG 5 was possible.

He said until recently when one pregnant woman died, the project area had not recorded any maternal death for about two years.

Mr Afram explained that the project had adopted various measures to protect pregnant women, adding that since health was related to nutrition, the project was working with other related agencies to achieve an integrated comprehensive approach to ensure the safety of pregnant women.

The Regional Advisor for the MVP in charge of West and Central Africa, Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong, said the project and the GHS were piloting the use of an oral medication that prevented bleeding after delivery.

That, she said, had become necessary because of the number of women who delivered in homes in the country.

About 50 per cent of pregnant women in the country deliver at home, with all the attendant risks.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Giving Thanks

This is a message sent to me from a dear friend....bless you HM

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known
among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing
praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Psalm 105:1,2 NIV
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 136:1,2 KJV
"Now consider this, you who forget God,
Or I will tear you in pieces, and there
will be none to deliver.
"He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me;
And to him who orders his way aright I shall show
the salvation of God."
Psalm 50:22,23 NASB
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift:
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God is the object of our faith; the only faith that saves is faith in Him.
Meditation 11/7 - 11/13 Amazing Grace & Glory NASB
Amazing Grace and Glory!
"The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
"Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
John 17:22-24 NASB

Friday, November 5, 2010

Kudos.......' Akua Kuenyehia Foundation'

I am always inspired by benevolent citizens with emphasis on women, who impact their community in any way possible. Whether it is advocating for peace or supporting the underprivileged. Such an example is the Akua Kuenyehia Foundation - a Ghana based not-for-profit organisation which focuses on the development and empowerment of women through education. It was actually set up in honour of H.E Judge Akua Kuenyehia, first vice-president of the International Criminal Court in the Hague by her children.

This post is to congratulate the AKF for the good work they are doing........ A total of sixteen girls recently gained from their scholarship scheme to further their Senior High School education. These were underprivileged girls who had no hope for the future but through the support of the foundation, their dreams became a reality. It has supported a total of 23 girls so far since its inception.

Once again I say well done and God bless you immensely for this achievement!
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Women Empowerment....A key to success

Women are an integral part in our world is the mother to her child.

I read this article today and could not wait to share it with everyone.....

Read the article here

"Women are those who personify society and as such they are the best mangers of the family and the community" ....Mr Ambrose Dery, MP for Lawra in Northern Ghana