Lessons Learned about Maternal and Child Health Services in Ghana During COVID-19

Ghana recorded the first two cases of COVID-19 in March 2020, engendering substantial fear among healthcare workers and the public. Since then, various national and sub-national level efforts have been made to ensure that health service delivery is sustained as much as possible. Some of the steps taken included providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and incentive packages for frontline health workers, including tax reliefs and various insurance packages for infected health workers. However, demand for health services lagged behind.

This study, “Lessons Learned from the Utilization of Maternal and Child Health Services in Ghana during COVID-19,” was conducted specifically to determine whether pregnant women attended antenatal clinics (ANC) during the pandemic, whether expectant mothers delivered within health facilities, what their breastfeeding practices for newborns during the pandemic were, and why they chose the facilities they sought care from. Additionally, the survey was intended to determine if caregivers took children under five years to child welfare clinics and to assess the perception of pregnant women and caregivers of COVID-19.

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