Savana Signatures, an ICT for development organization has presented ICT equipment to Ghana Health Service (GHS) as part of efforts to reduce maternal deaths in Northern Region.
The items include laptop computers, projectors, projector screens, and smart mobile phones costing thousands of Ghana Cedis.
Speaking during at a short ceremony, the Executive Director of Savana Signatures, Mr. John Stephen Agbenyo, said Savana Signatures focuses on the use of ICT to facilitate development.
He said as an ICT for development organization, Savana Signatures had been using ICT to promote maternal health, education, youth empowerment, gender and social inclusion in line with its vision of a society where relevant information, knowledge and skills for development are enhanced by equal access to and use of ICT.
He said Savana Signatures in 2012 received funding support from STAR – Ghana to implement a highly successful Technology for Maternal Health project in six health facilities namely; Tamale Teaching Hospital, Tamale West Hospital, Tamale Central Hospital, Kings Medical Centre, Yendi Municipal Hospital and Savelugu Municipal Hospital.
This intervention, he said, had helped to increase Ante-Natal Care (ANC) attendance rates, reduced maternal deaths, improved skilled delivery, and enhanced maternal health information delivery to expectant mothers in these facilities and the districts in which the facilities are located.
Mr. Agbenyo said based on the successes chalked by the project, Savana Signatures with funding support from Cordaid, Connect4Change and the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), had expanded the project to cover five (5) more new health facilities.
These facilities include, Gushegu District Hospital, Salaga District Hospital, Daboya Poly Clinic, Bimbila District Hospital and Bupei Health Centre to help reduce maternal deaths in those areas.
Mr. Agbenyo also indicated that the language option for expectant mothers had been increased from only Dagbani to Gonja, Hausa and Likpakpa. He urged the beneficiary facilities to make good use of the equipment to achieve the desire result.
He thanked the authority of Ghana Health Services for their support and hoped that the equipment would contribute immensely to improve maternal health in the region.
The Northern Regional Director of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Mahama Yakubu, thanked Savana Signatures for initiating the Technology for maternal health project.
He said the intervention had contributed immensely to improving maternal health in the region. Dr. Mahama said Northern Region for example, recorded 112 maternal deaths in 2012, 99 deaths in 2013 and 66 deaths in 2014.
This drastic reduction in maternal deaths is as a result of various interventions including the Technology for Maternal Health project being implemented by Savana Signatures. Dr. Mahama who blamed maternal deaths on delays in reporting to health facilities, and attempts by women to deliver babies at home.
He appealed to Savana Signatures to intensify campaign on family planning in the region. He welcomed the expansion of the Technology for Maternal Health project saying “We need more of these interventions to improve maternal health in the region”.
He thanked Savana Signatures for the equipment and pledged his office’s commitment to ensuring effective and efficient use of the ICT equipment to further reduce maternal deaths in the region.