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Liberia's Maternal, New Born Indicators Gradually Improving
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Liberia's Maternal, New Born Indicators Gradually Improving
By Catherine B. Nyenkan

MONROVIA, December 15 (LINA) - Liberia's maternal and new born indicators are gradually improving with an increase in institutional deliveries from 43.8 percent to 47.6 percent, according to a report.

The health indicators showing an increase of 3.8 percent in 2016 were contained in the Ministry of Health annual Health sector performance report released recently.

Although there is an increase in the national indicator, there are variations in county and regions, according to the report.

It said the South-eastern counties are the least performing counties as services provided to pregnant women in the counties have significantly impacted the national achievement.

The report indicated that Bong County was the only county that exceeded the 'Antenatal Care Four Plus' (ANC4+) target with 75.9 percent.

According to the report, Nimba, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh Counties recorded over 60 percent coverage, while River Gee, Gbapolu and Grand Kru had the lowest ANC+ visits.

“Their percentages are 34 percent, 39 percent and 38.4 percent respectively,” the report said, adding that “it is not clear if all the attendance received the full package of the necessary services.”

Antenatal care is the minimal service given to women during pregnancy.

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