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Maternal Health Charity Concert to support two hospitals launched

By Amadu
Kamil Sanah, GNA   

Accra, Aug. 4, GNA – The Maternal Health
Charity Concert, which is aimed at assisting the Tamale West Hospital and the
Efia Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi- Takoradi, is schedule for Saturday, August
12.

The Concert is being organised by Outlook
Minik, an event organising firm.

Though Ghana has recorded some improvement in
maternal healthcare and reduction in maternal deaths over the last 20 years,
the pace has been very slow and government and stakeholders need to step up
efforts.

The introduction of the free maternal health
service by the Government to improve maternal healthcare delivery has
contributed to the progress made.

Mr Dominic Oduro-Antwi, the Chief Executive
Officer of Outlook Minik, disclosed this at the launch of this year’s concert,
which was aimed at ensuring safe delivery for mothers.

He said his organisation has, for the past
seven years, been supporting the Government in its efforts at reducing maternal
mortality.

Mr Oduro-Antwi said Outlook Minik had been
organising the Maternal Health Charity Concerts annually to raise funds to
support the maternity wards of the various hospitals.

He said this year’s concert would feature the
Accra Symphony Orchestra and musicians including Irene Logan, Becca, Sandra
Huson, Efya, and Lamisi backed by the Patchbay Band.

The CEO said previous beneficiary hospitals of
the charity concerts include the Greater Accra Regional Hospital and the
Winneba Government Hospital in the Central Region.

He said though efforts to achieve the goal had
not been easy, the support from corporate Ghana and the media would go a long
way to overcome their challenges.

Mr Oduro-Antwi said in order to reduce
maternal mortality by three-quarters; several challenges and bottlenecks had
been identified in maternal health service delivery by the Ghana Health
Service.

He said measures being put in place to
overcome those challenges include the scaling up of maternal health services at
the district level, supply of equipment, and logistics, and ambulance services.

He urged the public to support the project by
participating in their numbers, adding; “If you buy a ticket, you save a life”.

Sponsors of the Concert include Movenpick,
Unibank, the Special Group, Jaguar, Multimedia, Voltic, Gold Coast Restaurant,
Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, Cascade Consult, Easy Multimedia and
Alliance Motors.

The media sponsors include Sunny FM, Homebase
TV, Family TV, OM TV, DDP Outdoor Advertising Company and Design House Project.

GNA

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