Majeed said 20 pregnant women died in 2021, seven by the end of December 2022.
According to him, “This is a result of the inability of pregnant women to visit Bawku Presbyterian Hospital, the only major referral health facility in the heart of the municipality, and seek medical attention.”
Speaking to Daily Graphic, Sulemana explained that the 27 maternal deaths recorded in Bavuku municipality accounted for 39 percent of the 70 maternal deaths recorded in the region over two years, adding that the Bavuku hospital serves patients from the municipality and others from Pusiga. , Garu, Tempane and Binduri districts as there are no district hospitals in the areas of those districts.
He stressed that some pregnant women have died due to their inability to go to the hospital, while others managed to go to the hospital but still pass out due to the limited number of staff, resulting in delays in providing the necessary medical care.
“This has made it very difficult for such staff to come out of their homes as they fear for their lives, which is negatively impacting hospital operations.
“Of course, there is a high demand for transfers among the staff, but if you want to subsidize everyone, there will be no staff to work in the hospital,” he observed.
The Bawku conflict has been going on for several years between Mamprusis and Kusasis, resulting in the death of several people and the injury of others.
At least 10 people have been reported killed in recent disturbances.
Military personnel were allegedly deployed to restore peace after the deaths of residents.
Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, has issued a statement accusing soldiers in the town of killing seven civilians.
After several reports of gunfire across Bawku township, people were accused of being killed by soldiers.
In an attempt to maintain calm and order, they fired indiscriminately at locals running for cover and attacked innocent people.