MEDICAL authorities in the Amansie West District in the Ashanti Region recorded 236 cases of illegal abortion last year, one of the highest instances ever in the history of the district.
Health officials described the situation as unacceptable, especially as most of them involved teenage girls.
Presenting the 2009 annual health report at the health performance meeting at Manso Nkwanta, the District Director of Health Services, Mr Joseph Adomako, disclosed that teenage pregnancy was also a major source of concern in the area.
According to him, the situation had forced many young children to drop out of school.
He stated that the district recorded 36 cases of stillbirths as compared to 32 cases in 2008.
Mr Adomako explained that the high rate of the cases was as a result of a number of factors, including lack of midwives, failure of women to report at antenatal clinics and poor road network in the area.
He appealed to the government to help improve the road situation in the district.
Mr Adomako further stated that malaria was still the number one health problem in the district, with health institutions recording 36,097 cases in 2009 as against 29,244 in 2008.
The District Chief Executive, Mr Charles Oti-Prempeh, commended the district health team for working hard, sometimes under difficult conditions.
He gave the assurance that the district assembly would continue to support them to deliver the kind of services that would improve the health of the people.
Mr Oti-Permpeh said without improved health delivery, the people could not undertake their daily activities.
He said as a result of that, the government was determined to improve the conditions at the health institutions so that their services would improve.
At the ceremony, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Amansie West, Mrs Grace Addo, presented items worth GH¢20,000 to some health institutions in the constituency.
The items included two generators for the Mpremiase and Aduposo Health Centres, one mower for the Manso-Adubia Health Centre, one Polytank brand of water tank for the Manso-Abore Health Centre, two air conditioners for the Agroyesum Hospital and one laptop for the district health administration.
They were purchased with cash the MP sought from the National Health Insurance Scheme Fund.
Making the presentation, Mrs Addo said the donation followed requests by the beneficiary institutions to her office for support to enable them to offer quality services to the people.
She commended the staff of the various institutions for their hard work and urged them to sustain the spirit to improve health delivery even under trying conditions.
Mrs Addo promised to continue supporting the health institutions to enable them to deliver.