13 February 2013

Ghana: Volta Health Directorate Awards Krachi West DCE - for Hard Work and Dedication to Duty

The Volta Regional Directorate of Health Services has awarded the Krachi West District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Moses Kwame Punyeh, for his hard work and dedication to duty over the years, with special attention given to the promotion of quality health care delivery among the people in the area.

The District Chief Executive attracted the attention of the Directorate in his efforts at ensuring the welfare of personnel across all levels in health delivery, as well as the provision of infrastructure and other logistical support that aid effective health delivery .

The Volta Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Joseph Teye Nuertey, at the award ceremony in Ho, noted that the Krachi West DCE had distinguished himself by displaying enviable leadership skills, which had brought honour to himself, as an individual, and the District as a whole.

Dr. Nuertey disclosed that because he had demonstrated a high commitment in serving the people, rather than lording it over them, he needed to be appreciated by all, hence the award to motivate him to do more.

Buttressing his point, the Regional Director of Health Services pointed out that it was very difficult to come across the calibre of Mr. Punyeh, who was travelling on official duty in Ho, and upon seeing the District Director of Health in Krachi West in a passenger vehicle, stopped and asked him to take his (DCE's) official car, and then entered a passenger vehicle to continue his journey to Kete Krachi.

Dr. Nuertey continued that for the first time, he had come across a DCE vacating his official residence and handing it over to the District Director of Health, who, at the time, had no decent accommodation to occupy.

The DCE then moved into his family house at Kete- Krachi, where he (DCE) stayed until accommodation was provided for the District Health Director.

He said this was clear proof to the rest of the people in leadership positions that it pays to show commitment and love towards the people being served.

He announced that as a result of the proactive leadership role of Mr. Punyeh, the Ministry of Health did not find it difficult at all, when it decided to establish a Midwifery Training School at Kete-Krachi, because immediately the DCE was informed about plans for the establishment of the school, he informed the Krach Traditional Council, and within a short period, the Assembly and the chiefs provided the necessary infrastructure for the start of the school.

Dr. Nuertey said the DCE had also helped in the provision of accommodation for health workers in the area, through the "judicious use of Assembly resources" to the benefit of the people. He added that up to date it was on record that the Krachi West District Assembly was still very instrumental in the daily welfare of the students, particularly, their feeding.

When contacted, Mr. Punyeh thanked the Volta Regional Directorate of Health for the honour done him, saying he was only serving the people in the best possible way.

He noted that the award was not for only him, but for the chiefs and people of the area, because he could not do anything alone without the support of them.

The DCE explained that the Krachi West was just one of the Districts in the traditional area, where health workers and other civil servants normally refused postings, a development that compelled the Assembly to prioritise health related issues, hence his efforts to make life a little more comfortable for health workers and other civil servants in the area, for them to stay and serve the people.

A nurse at the function, Madam Doris Appiah, appealed to the government to institute an award scheme that would reward DCEs who distinguished themselves like Mr. Punyeh of the Krachi West District, to serve as motivation for others.

Concluding that it was time the nation put in place incentive measures that would retain staff at the various workplaces.

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