The NEWS (Monrovia)

4 December 2012

Liberia: 'Help Reduce Maternal Deaths'

The Country Director of Curamericas Global Liberia, Madam Woseh Gobeh has urged health institutions operating in the country to create a roadmap for the reduction of maternal deaths.

Madam Gobeh said such roadmap would increase the number and quality of skilled attendants for MNH services to staff and health facilities for care.

She said health facilities must increase the coverage and access to quality comprehensive and basic essential care to prevent the increasing wave of maternal deaths in Liberia

Speaking Monday in Monrovia at the start of two-day workshop for media practitioners on reporting on Goal five of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Madam Gobeh said the involvement of health institutions was critical to the achievement of the United Nations plan.

According to her, this collective effort would help reduce maternal mortality ratio from 994 deaths per 100,000 persons by 2015.

"In order to reduce the ratio of maternal deaths the government and private owned facilities should work with midwives to help support and increase the numbers of scale birth attendants across the country", she recommended .

Madam Gobeh said that health facilities should also improve management of MNH services at national and county levels.

She indicated that the goal of the AAP intends to reduce maternal mortality ratio from 994 deaths per 100,000 live births to 497 and targeting increase percentage of deliveries conducted by skilled health professionals from 40 percent to 80 percent.

The Curamericas Global Liberia Country Director wants government to address the issue of low budgetary allocation to the health sector.

In a related development a mass communication professor at the University of Liberia Prof. James Wolo wants journalists to begin reporting on maternal and sexual reproductive health.

According to him, journalists reporting on maternal health should be able to explain the facts of the matter clearly.

He said journalist should muster the courage and avoid been intimidated.

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