According to a survey done by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), more than half of pregnant women in the country are anaemic, compared to 40% who are not pregnant.
The survey, titled “The 2022 Demographic and Health Survey,” found that children aged 6-59 months in families were eligible for anaemia testing.
It indicated that the Northern area had the highest frequency of anaemia, at 69%, followed by Ahafo at 35%.
According to the survey, the prevalence of anaemia among children has decreased from 78% in 2008.
Anaemia causes many detrimental health repercussions for adults, including weariness and lethargy.
Regarding cesarean procedures, the Survey indicated that deliveries were more common in urban areas, accounting for 27% against 15% in rural areas.
According to the research, more than one in every five live births in the two years leading up to the Survey were delivered via caesarean section.
In terms of HIV knowledge, the report found that 2% of women aged 15-49 had sex with more than one partner in the year before the survey.
Of these women, 12% reported wearing a condom during their last sexual encounter.
The data also revealed that 15% of men aged 15 to 49 had sex with more than one partner in the year preceding the survey.
According to the survey, 18% of men used a condom during their last sexual intercourse.
Dr. Chris Opoku Fofie, Deputy Director in Charge of Reproductive and Child Health at Ghana Health Service, stated that the Survey will provide timely information to authorities and build comprehensive policies to resolve any abnormalities in the report.
He stated that anaemia in pregnant women was the primary worry since it could lead to higher maternal mortality and poor birth outcomes.
He urged the government to invest in health education so that the public is aware of preventive measures.
The Survey is the country’s seventh report since 1988, and its purpose is to offer data for monitoring the demographic and health status.
The GSS conducted the Survey with financing from USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank, the Global Fund, KOICA, the World Health Organization, and the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.
A nationally representative sample of 15,014 women aged 15-49 from 17,933 households, as well as 7,044 men aged 15-49 from half of the selected households, were interviewed.
The Survey shows a response rate of 98 per cent of women and 97 per cent of males.