What exactly happened that night on 17 July 2012, when a taxi rushed a dying Charity through the gates of Keta Municipal Hospital? Could Charity’s life have been saved?
This report illustrates the small positive changes that can grow into big ones. It’s a story about Shawarna Mohammed, a young woman from Kpalbe in Northern Ghana. She featured in ‘The Lights Have Gone Out Again’, the documentary that inspired the Maternal Health Channel Television Series, when she was fearful about her impending delivery as she had previously lost her child. We go back four years later to witness changes in the maternal health care services there.
Korle bu Hospital was established in 1923 and has grown from an initial 200 bed capacity to 2000. The hospital leads in the provision of specialist health services but it lacks space and is under pressure from ever increasing patient numbers. A young woman is rushed into the theatre for an emergency operation, another is fighting for her life in the corridor of the Maternity Ward. The documentary takes us behind the scenes to give us a view of the Maternity Ward, one of the busiest in the hospital.
Every surgeon puts on a green gown, straps a mask around their mouth and nose and starts an operation with the assurance that there is an adequate amount of blood to save the patient’s life. What happens when the blood bank is nearly empty?
According to Dr. Dsane of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), most of the maternal deaths at Ghana’s premier hospital are referred emergency cases from other hospitals and clinics. Majority of these pregnant women come from the second tier clinics from poor neighbourhoods such as Mamprobi, Kasoa and Mamobi. Is Korle Bu Hospital now a dumping ground for maternal deaths?
An essential prerequisite to developing good practice is to learn from others; how their experience informs the issues and challenges you face. Our first tribute is to Professor Fred Sai, recognized the world over for his contributions to the field of family health. Known as the grandfather of maternal health, Prof Sai has brought dedication, passion and wisdom to a field that has often been little understood or appreciated.
Every hospital prides itself on its human resource, the skilled personnel that provides its vital services and the equipment and facilities it possesses. This hospital appears to have it all but, is that enough? Our Roving Team visits Ghana’s most equipped hospital in Winneba to find out.
Efficient record keeping is an essential component of maternal health care delivery. For the patient, it provides critical medical information. Timely access can also reduce waiting time which in some cases can mean life or death. This report from the Hohoe Municipal Hospital pins down the problems and discusses the implications. We also meet a health specialist who is determined to fix the problem.
Let's meet Ghana's tireless gynecologist! MHC highlights Dr. Deganus' exemplary service as one of only 5 female gynecologists in Ghana's public health system. She speaks candidly about her impressions and the challenges of maternal health in Ghana, and about her service at the Tema General Hospital which delivers over 8000 babies yearly.
The Maternal Health Channel goes in search of quality healthcare in the deepest interior of rural Ghana. On our way to Kute-Buem, MHC makes a stop at the Bodada Health Centre in Bodada, Jasikan district . In In these areas, telecom signals barely work, and the broken dirt roads lead to more broken dirt roads. The Roving Crew discussed with staff how people in these villages access essential healthcare services
After an impromptu but revealing stop at the Bodada Health Centre near Jasikan, MHC continues its journey to Kute Buem . In this remote town on the Ghana – Togo border, where there are no telecom signal, and the dirt roads are broken in several parts, the film crew comes face to face with a health post possessed with the barest of facilities and services. MHC talks to the only nurse at post and takes the lid off maternal health care in a forgotten part of Ghana.
MHC presents the first of two special reports from the children's ward of Salaga Government Hospital in Northern Ghana. The first report highlights the myriad of challenges confronting staff and their efforts to keep going. The studio discussion features Tabi Yaw, the Senior Nursing Officer at the hospital and Bright Appiah, Executive Director of Child Rights International.
In Dagbani, Salaga comes from the word salsi which means a "place of abode". Is Salaga Hospital the best "abode of care" for the children of Salaga? The second report broadens the discussion to consider Ghana's commitment to the right of children to improved health care. The documentary features some evocative pictures from MHC photographer, Desire Clarke. The studio discussion features, Dr. Juliette Tuakli, consultant pediatrician and public health specialist and Dr. Aniban Chartejee, Head of Health and Nutrition, UNICEF.
Bomkpa is one of the most isolated villages in Northern Ghana. You can hardly find it on the map. The village is also unique because the people have never seen a doctor, a professional midwife or even a health assistant. The nearest hospital is at Salaga, several hours by motorbike. That is if you can cross the river. The bridge is broken. The MHC Roving Film Crew made a memorable trip to Bomkpa to the file one of the most fascinating reports of the series.
Much interest has been generated by the Bomkpa story. This week, the Ghana Armed Forces joins the debate about improving health access to isolated villages.
MHC hears powerful testimonies from the people of Bomkpa who speak candidly about the absence of health services in the village and the challenges they face living in a deprived, remote community. The women lead with stories of their sisters and daughters who died as a result of pregnancy related complications. What is to be done, is the question on everybody's lips - not least about the broken bridge which separates the village from the rest of the country.
This week, MHC concludes its special report on Bomkpa, one of Ghana's most isolated villages. The bridge that connects the village to the rest of the country is broken. We hear more testimonies from the people's meeting and discuss how best to improve access to essential health services. Will the Ghana Army come to the rescue and construct the broken bridge? Capt. Quashigah of the 48th Engineering Regiment joins the discussion.