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Savannah Region records decline in adolescent pregnancies in 2022

The Savannah Region recorded a decline in adolescent pregnancies in 2022.

The decline is from 14.4% in 2021 to 13.0% in 2022 giving a positive decrease of 1.4% during the year under review.

This was revealed by the Regional Director of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Chrisantus Kubio at the 2022 regional performance review meeting of the Ghana Health Service in the Region.

The review meeting was under the theme "Addressing Health Performance Gaps: The role of Supportive Supervision and Follow-up Actions"

Dr. Kubio also revealed that new cases of HIV in the region reduced from 636 in 2021 to 453 in 2022 representing a positivity rate of 1% against 1.5% in 2021.

According to him, the positive feats chalked by the service constitutes the collective efforts of all health professionals in the region and urged them not to renege on their mmandate in ensuring quality health-care delivery in the area.

Despite the strides made during the year under review, Dr. Kubio stressed that the Regional Health Directorate is confronted with a number of challenges in the discharge of its duties.

Among the challenges he mentioned are nadequate transport for service delivery activities, difficulty in service delivery to island, overbank and hard to reach communities in all the seven Districts of the Region and high staff attrition because of the deprived nature of the region.

The Regional Health Director appealed to stakeholders in the health sector to continue to complement efforts by the service in the region to bring quality health-care delivery to the doorsteps of people in accomplishing niversal health care. 

The Savannah Regional Minister, Saeed Muhazu Jibril in an address said, government remains committed to providing proper health infrastructure to help improve quality health-care delivery in the country.

According to him, two Districts hospitals are under construction in the region adding that paper works have begun to get a regional hospital under the government's agenda 111 project to augment health care systems in the area.

"Ladies and gentlemen, the NPP government recognizes the health sector as key to the development of this nation hence, upon assuming office it undertook substantial investments to strengthen the sector. On infrastructure, government is constructing 2 new District hospitals from scratch as part of Agenda 111 in North Gonja and North East Gonja Districts of the region. Plans are underway to cut sod for the construction of a regional hospital between Damongo and Soalepe in the West Gonja District", he announced.

The meeting which brought together all stakeholders in the health sector afforded participants the opportunity to review and discuss issues of health in the region.

By: Ezekiel Abdul Aziz 

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