Dr. Logan said Bong County is the second county with more health facilities in Liberia but yet it has recorded one of the highest number of maternal and new born deaths in the country.
He noted that until a robust behavioral change is adopted by traditional healers, herbalists and midwives and the public in fighting maternal and new born deaths, it would be difficult to succeed in the fight.
Dr. Logan explained that there is a serious need to start working on the behavioral mindset of the traditional herbalists and spiritual leaders to make them see that if there is a complication they cannot handle, it should be referred it to the hospital or clinic to save the patient's life.
The Bong CHO emphasized that maternal death in Liberia remains a huge challenge that requires the intervention of not only the government and partners, but every resident of the country.
Dr. Logan made the observation recently in Sanoyea District, Bong County at the formal dedication of the Beletanda Primary Health Center.
In 2012, the United Nations Children’s Fund reported that Liberia recorded 990 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, 34 neonatal deaths per 1000 live births and a lifetime risk of maternal death of one in 20.
The statistics released in 2014 were similar, with 990 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, 27 neonatal deaths per 1000 live births and a lifetime risk of maternal death of one in 24.
The C.B Dunbar Hospital is Bong County’s main provider of maternity care, performing about 2,000 deliveries per year - many seriously complicated by poverty and delays in transferring patients from remote villages in the central regions of Liberia and parts of the Republic of Guinea.