A senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Development Studies, Dr. Haruna Issahaku has advised that Ghana’s nutritional value should include multiple micro nutrient and calcium supplementation.
He said exclusive breastfeeding of infants and improved complementary feeding interventions will reduce maternal deaths by 82 percent.
He made this known when he presented findings on a study to a seven-member Eminent Panel at the Ghana Priorties Conference.
The conference will allow the panel to critique 80 priority policy interventions using cost benefit analysis to provide government the most effective policy solutions.
According to a GNA report, Ghana needs GHS3.5 trillion to provide adequate nutrition to 850, 000 pregnant women.
Adding that, more than 4,000 infants in the country will also be provided with adequate nutrition.
That will also reduce 16 percent stunted growth in children under-five years and ultimately minimise infant mortality.
Dr. Issahaku noted that it will cost government GHS203 million annually to provide multiple micro nutrition solutions to pregnant women.
He said it will cost GHS26 million per year by way of breastfeeding promotions and sensitisation programmes, that will ensure 174,000 mothers to undertake exclusive breastfeeding, which will save 745 babies annually.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | Talksafrica.com