The Eastern Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in collaboration with Divine Mother and Child Foundation(DMAC),a Non Governmental organization which is into maternal and child health,have successfully launched the Eleventh Child Health Promotion Week celebration at Akyem Adukrom in the East Akyem Municipality of the Eastern region.

The launch of the health promotion week ,requires, all the District Health Directorates in the region to step up efforts that would encapsulate all child survival services,such as immunization, child growth monitoring, distribution of insecticide treated-nets for children under five years and birth registration for all children under one year at all health facilities as well as given of vitamin A supplements.

The theme for 2015 child health promotion week is, “I am a new born, keep me clean, help me live.” In a speech read on behalf of Dr.Charity Sarpong,the Eastern Regional Director of Health by a Deputy Director of Nursing Services, Ellen Darkoa Asare, highlighted that,the health directorate has seen a steady increase of immunization ,use of treated Mosquito nets and Vitamin C supplement adding that cases of malaria among children under five have reduced. She

said the net result of all these gains have reduced the under five mortality rate from 80/1000 live birth to 60/1000 live birth from 2008 to 2014.However,the regional directorate believes more can be done to further reduce significantly ,child mortality in the region.

The East Akyem Municipal Director of GHS,Dr.Edmund Ekow Kaitoo bemoaned that many Pregnant women in the Municipality are reluctant to visit health centers for antenatal care instead prefer engaging in galamsay activities which according to him ,is impeding on efforts by health officials to reduce maternal mortality in the Municipality.

Dr.Ekow Kaitoo explained that ,the situation makes it impossible for the health directorate to achieve its target in antenatal and postnatal care.
“We were not able to meet our target for 2014, our coverage was just about 60 percent and we want to get to 80 percent.
“We attribute this to the galamsey activities. Most of the time, we find the women going to do galamsey instead of going to the hospital and they use it as grounds for getting something for their pockets,” he stated.

He said , this practice could derail efforts being made to reduce infant and maternal mortality.He therefore urged pregnant women to be concern of their health as well as that of their babies.

The President of DMAC foundation, Edmund Duodu, pledged continues support for GHS through DMAC foundation, Joy Industries and Vodafone Ghana foundation sponsored community outreach program which is being rolled out in some deprived districts in the region.According to Edmund Duodu,over 2000 pregnant women in these districts are being offered free Utrasound scan services as well as general health screening for the public.