25 January 2016

Ghana: No Cholera in Sekyere Kumawu District in 3yrs

Kumawu — THE SEKYERE Kumawu District has recorded no cholera in the last three years, the District Director of Health, Mr. Justice Thomas Sevugu has announced and attributed the situation to effective disease prevention and surveillance by his outfit.

He said the vision of the district health management team is to create a district health model with systems that ensure a healthy and productive population.

Mr. Sevugu said the Kumawu Health Centre had been branded category C by the National Health Insurance, and upgraded to a polyclinic status with two permanent medical officers.

The District Health Director made these disclosures at the Annual Performance Review Meeting to assess its performance last year. It was also to deliberate on achievements, challenges and strategies to improve service delivery in the ensuing year.

The meeting, held under the theme: "Improving Health Services Delivery: the Role of Stakeholders" attracted participants from the various health centres and institutions in the district as well as heads of department, religious leaders, traditional authorities, assembly members and youth groups.

The Health Director told participants that there were expansion of infrastructure and facilities at health centres at Kumawu, Woraso, Banko and Sekyere last year, and added that two more CHPS Compounds under construction at Akrofoso and Temate are about 95 percent complete, pending inauguration in February this year.

According to Mr. Sevugu, as part of measures to motivate the staff and also to provide effective and efficient health delivery, a number of training programmes were organised for the staff in the year under review.

He mentioned high teenage pregnancy/birth rate, absence of an ambulance, inadequate transport (only one weak pick-up and four motorbikes) and laboratory services, and inadequate residential and office accommodation as some of the challenges faced by the district directorate.

Mr. Sevugu, however, indicated that certain key strategies used to address some of the challenges, included effective collaboration with traditional leaders, philanthropist, the district assembly and NGOs.

Dr. Fred Adomako Boateng, a Medical Officer from the Regional Health Directorate, entreated the participants to always regard CHPS Compound as a very important component of the health delivery system. "CHPS are for the community, and therefore you must show interest in its operations," Dr. Boateng advised.

He commended the district directorate for their commitment and dedication to duty indicating that as a model district, the regional directorate would continue to monitor their activities closely.

Mr. Ntow Kyeremeh, the Deputy District Coordinating Director who deputized for the DCE, Emmanuel William Amoako said the assembly would continue to collaborate effectively with the district health directorate to provide quality health care to the people.

He said the assembly is vigorously pursuing the government's agenda of providing adequate and quality health facilities to Ghanaians, hence the construction of CHPS across the length and breadth of the district. The District Annual Performance Review Meeting programme was chaired by Nana Baffour Okyere, chief of Amanfrom.

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