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TTH records an increase in the number of maternal and infant deaths in 2019.

The Tamale Teaching Hospital TTH recorded a 24 percent increase in maternal mortalities in 2019 over the figures in 2018.

Maternal Mortalities, which had been on a three-year decline between 2016-2018 recorded 24% increase over the deaths in 2018 (45-46) ie 560/100,000 LB to 630/100.000 LB”.

Infant deaths and neonatal deaths have also been rising over the past three years.

The Acting CEO of the facility, Dr. Kareem Mumuni who disclosed this at the TTH’s 2019 annual institutional performance review in Tamale, however called for a multi-stakeholder engagement that includes referral facilities within the catchment area to addressing the worrying trend.

Dr. Kareem Mununi

He revealed that, major and minor surgeries during the year under review also recorded 40 percent and 22 percent increase respectively over the figures in 2018”.

Dr. Mumuni however indicated that, most surgeries especially in the General Surgery were emergencies, which is worrying as emergencies tend to consume more resources including time.

The Northern regional, Minister, Salifu Sa-eed in a speech urged management and staff of the facility to show a united front for effective health delivery.

Hon. Salifu Sa-eed

He challenged the leadership to work towards changing the narrative of the hospital which as always been in the news for the wrong reasons.

The regional minister also urged the hospital to strengthen its monitoring and supervision at the various units to ensure compliance of standards.

In a bid to boost revenue mobilization and reduce wastage, the Tamale Teaching Hospital, commissioned a revenue mobilization and claims vetting committee to identify gaps and propose real time solutions to address them.

The 2019 annual institutional performance review is on the theme “Improving quality of care, changing the narrative through enhanced monitoring and supervision”.

Source: Edward A. Ken-Zorre | | Ghana

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