Women, especially those in the rural areas have been cautioned to avoid using dangerous tools, chemicals and concoctions to abort pregnancies.
According to the Suhum Municipal Health Director, Dr Samuel Agyeman Boateng, such dangerous abortions are the cause of the high maternal mortality being recorded in the country.
Speaking at a one day sensitization programme funded by STAR Ghana and organized by SEND Ghana in partnership with Rural Watch Ghana, Dr Boateng indicated that this hampers efforts by the government and global bodies to eradicate and reduce maternal deaths in the country.
The programme was aimed at reducing maternal mortality to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target on maternal health by 2015.
He appealed to women to do away with certain mythical traditional beliefs concerning births and report early at the hospitals for their antenatal care to ensure smooth delivery.
He also urged them to patronize the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) since with that their maternal health care would be absolutely free.
Meanwhile, a Public Health Nurse at the Suhum Municipal Health Directorate, Esther Mante, advised parents of teenagers who get pregnant not to despise them but to send them to the hospital for proper care.
However, the Programmes Coordinator for the Rural Watch Ghana, Collins Nti, said they were determined to ensure that in the next two years Ghana attains the MDG target of 185 to 1,000 births.
“At the moment we are at 350 to 1,000 births which means we still have a lot of work to do and Rural Watch Ghana and its partners are not going to relent in our efforts to meet that goal,” he said.
The men were advised not to neglect their wives during pregnancies but take responsibility to ensure that they deliver successfully.