A major maternity conference has ended in Bong County. The conference was intended to discuss way forward on improving maternal health in the county as part of an effort to reduce maternal mortality.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the two-day conference last Wednesday, Bong County Health Officer Gabriel Logan said with the Ministry of Health latest report placing Bong County second next to Montserrado County in terms of increased maternal mortality rate, the county Health Team was now preparing to ensure that the maternal mortality rate is reduced, adding that the two-day conference critically discussed the challenges in the county health sector leading to increase in the county maternal mortality rate.
Dr. Logan indicated that health facilities across the county made presentations on the challenges they face with delivery, stressing the importance of every stakeholder to work together.
He did not state what the maternal death ratio n the county was like according to the MOH report, but continuously said the county was next to Montserrado County in high maternal mortality rate.
The Bong County Health Officer disclosed that similar conference will take place at the district level to increase citizens’ involvement in the fight against maternal mortality. The two-day conference brought together tens of Trained Traditional Midwives, District Commissioners from the thirteen administrative districts of Bong County, as well as motorcycle union heads, among others.
At the opening of the conference, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy pledged the county administration’s commitment to working with the county health team to ensure a significant reduction in Bong County’s maternal mortality rate.
Madam Mappy added that it was absolutely wrong for any woman to die while giving birth, also stressing the need to join effort against maternal mortality. The Bong County Superintendent praised Bong County health Officer Dr. Gabriel Logan for employing innovative approaches to improve the county health sector since taking assignment.
By Papa Morris from Bong County-Edited by George Barpeen