Ghana has persistent unacceptable high mortality ratios.

The levels of antenatal care with a health professional reached 92 % in 2003, although the increase in demand for delivery care with a health professional has been much slower, from 41% to only 47% of deliveries conducted by health professionals over the 15 years before 2003.

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He said, “If you look at the indices, we are making progress, maternal mortality rates are on a downward trend, infant mortality is down, child mortality is down, under-five mortality is down. It means that in all these major indices, we are reducing maternal mortality and all the other mortalities.”

He added that, “We established the national ambulance service; we increased the number of licensed midwives, between 2009 and 2015 from 500 to 2000, within this period.”

President John Dramani Mahama made this known during his presentation of to a cross-section of Ghanaians, the highlights of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Manifesto for 2016.

He said “Tamale hospital expanded four hundred beds; University of Ghana Teaching Hospital, 617 beds under construction; refurbishment of intensive care unit, completion of new eye care centre at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, refurbishment of the operative theatres at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. We have almost completed the second military hospital, the first military hospital is 37 Accra, the second military hospital is almost completed and will be completed by first-quarter of next year.”