Assessment of the Effects of the Free Maternal Health Policy on Maternal Health: A Case Study of New Juaben Municipality, Koforidua, Ghana.

Nicholas Apreh Siaw, Samuel Kwofie

Abstract


The main objective of the study was to verify the effect of the free maternal care policy on maternal health in the New Juaben Municipality, Ghana. The population for the study encompassed women of the child bearing age (10-49) in the New Juaben Municipality. Both primary and secondary sources of data were employed for this study. Purposive and accidental sampling procedures were used to select the respondents. The sample size was two hundred (200). This study used trend analysis as its main approach of analyzing the available data. The findings show that antenatal attendance has been increasing over the years. This is attributed to the introduction of the free maternal health policy. However, quality of care remains a problem due to the enormous attendance. It was also recommended that there is still a great need to introduce other measures to reduce maternal mortality in the municipality. It was also recommended that quality of care must be addressed and also more efforts should be made in the services that have provided to the patients. It was concluded that, although the policy has not eradicated maternal mortality completely yet it has contributed to its significant reduction in the region.


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Mental health; Non-parametric study; Ghana.

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