Volta Regional Health Directorate recognises distinguished staff, institutions

The Volta Regional Health Directorate has honoured hard working individuals and institutions that distinguished themselves last year, at its 2023 Regional Annual Performance Review conference.

Ten deserving individuals and four institutions that exemplified themselves received items and citations under the Ghana Health Service Excellence Awards Scheme.

Afadzato South District adjudged best performing District; South Tongu District Hospital, Sogakope won the best performing primary level Hospital; Gbi Wegbe Health Centre, Hohoe Municipal, was the best performing Health Centre while Kpomkpo CHPS Compound won the best performing CHPS Compound.

Recognition for the individual category was Dr Iris Adjah for the the Leadership Excellence Awards primary-level Hospital/Polyclinic.

Other leadership excellence awards went to Mr George Winlove Nyasembi, Health Centre; Ms Belinda Tuaa, CHPS compound; Mr Matthew Ayangba, District Health Directorate.

The Most Outstanding Staff for Regional Health Directorate went to Mr
Ignatius Aklikpe; Mr Jerome Kwaku Enyonam took that of Secondary-level Hospital with Mr Francis K. Agbenorlawodugah taking that of District Health Directorate.

Other winners included Ms Monica Akosua Manti for primary-level hospital/Polyclinic; Mr Osei Boateng Ibrahim for Health Centres and Ms Joyce Abena Prah for CHPS compound.

Dr Chrysantus Kubio, Volta Regional Director of Health said staff motivation remained paramount priority of management and would continue those tangent and congratulated winners for sterling performance.

He said the Region has many accomplishments to showcase in the year under review and was optimistic the awardees at the regional level would show visibility and emerge victorious at the national contest.

The Regional Director indicated that South Tongu Hospital, Sogakope, and the Volta Regional Hospital, Hohoe had emerged as the best primary-level hospital and second best ranked amongst its peers at the maiden national GHS Excellence Awards in 2022 and heightening the stakes for t
he region.

The two-day conference in Ho, was under the theme, ‘Strengthening the Primary Healthcare System for Improved Access to Quality Health Service Delivery: The Role of Networks of Practice (NoPs).’

Dr Kubio said it sought to consolidate and build on the benefits of strengthened stakeholder engagement and involvement in the implementation of primary health policies.

He noted that the NoPs were initially piloted in South Dayi, South Tongu and later Afadzato South and Hohoe Municipal with the overall goal to increase access and to quality essential healthcare for all by 2030.

He said there was significant augmentation of staff capacity and encouraged collaboration among facilities at Afadzato South and Hohoe through improved technical and operational support.

Dr Kubio encouraged members of staff to redouble efforts at customer satisfaction as their mandate required of them in the face of challenging working conditions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

21 babies born during Easter at Trauma and Specialist Hospital, Winneba

The Central Regional Referral Hospital (Trauma and Specialist Hospital, Winneba), recorded 21 deliveries during Easter.

Ms Louisa Larson, a Midwife on duty at the maternity ward of the hospital, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA), that three males and one female were delivered on Thursday March 28, six males and two females on Good Friday, two males and five females on Holy Saturday and on Easter, two females were also delivered.

According to her out of the total delivery of 21 recorded, 18 of the babies were delivered through caesarian session, made up of 11 females and seven males, while three males were normal deliveries.

She stated that the mothers and their babies who went through normal deliveries had since been discharged while the 18 babies and the mothers are still on admission.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Completion of hospital projects critical to addressing maternal mortality in Ashanti -Dr Tinkorang

The operationalisation of ongoing hospital projects in the Ashanti Region will significantly improve the maternal mortality situation, Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang, the Regional Director of Health Services, has said.

The region currently had no intermediary as all emergency obstetric complications were seen at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) with most of the referrals coming in too late, he noted.

‘When we are able to get the Afari Military Hospital and the Regional Hospital at Sewua completed, we are going to have an additional 790 beds to support women so that they can have better access to emergency obstetric care,’ he told stakeholders at the 2023 annual performance review meeting in Kumasi.

The institutional maternal mortality in the region increased from 134 per 100,000 live births in 2022 to 167 per 100,000 live births in 2023 with Postpartum Hemorrhage and complications of pregnancy-induced hypertension being some of the major causes.

Also seeing a marginal increase was the stillbirth rate, whi
ch increased from 11.0 per 1,000 live births in 2022 to 11.1 per 1,000 live births during the year under review.

Institutional Neonatal Mortality, however, improved significantly from eight per 1,000 live births in 2022 to five per 1,000 live births in 2023.

Dr. Tinkorang said the region with a population of about 5.6 million, was too huge to rely solely on KATH for such emergencies, underlying the limited health infrastructure there.

‘We are looking forward to the operationalisation of all the ongoing hospital projects and you can see for the past five years the Government is doing its best to increase the number of hospitals in the region,’ Dr Tinkorang noted.

The Regional Hospital, he said, was only left with the construction of the access road and called on the Government to expedite work to improve healthcare delivery.

He said the ongoing projects were very dear to the Ashanti Region because, without them, it would be difficult to control maternal mortality as most of the existing facilities were in
capable of addressing those issues.

Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, Director of Public Health at Ghana Health Service (GHS), said Ghana had less than seven years to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and asked what could be done differently to achieve the target.

‘As a country, we are still at two per cent coverage and that is not good enough. Can we achieve eight per cent over the next three years? That is the challenge we are confronted with,’ he said.

He reminded staff of the Service and all stakeholders that deliberate efforts must be made to be able to achieve the target by 2030.

He expressed concern over staff attrition across the country, adding that the GHS was working closely with the Ministry of Health to fill the gaps while taking steps to ensure better conditions of service for those who took up appointments in less endowed areas.

‘I shall take this opportunity to remind facility managers to put in mechanisms to rotate staff so that those who pick up appointments in these hard-to-reach areas
are not left there forever.’

The meeting, attended by stakeholders drawn from all 43 districts of the region, was on the theme: ‘Accelerating Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage: Strengthening Primary Health Care through Network of Practice.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Easter Monday: Revelers flock La beaches in hundreds

Hundreds of revelers, including foreigners, Easter Monday flocked the beaches along the Labadi stretch to cool off with family and friends.

Easter Mondays have become synonymous with beach visitations over the years for families and friends.

This year, the holidaymakers flooded the beaches in Labadi, including the La Pleasure Beach, Play Club Beach and Laboma Beach.

Mr Kofi Adomako, a businessman, said he found the day as a perfect time to come to the beach with his family, since they were all in the house during the period.

He said as a Businessman he was often busy and found the Easter Monday as the perfect time to visit the beach with his family.

Madam Susana Adoquaye, a Banker, said her family had earmarked Easter Monday as one of the days for get-together annually.

Madam Eunice Nettey, a civil servant, said her family had ‘great’ fun on the day.

She said it was her first time at the beach with her family, saying, they had a memorable time together and would visit next year.

Aside swimming, the re
velers engaged in activities, including dancing, acrobatics, horse riding, eating and drinking competitions, and football.

Security at the beaches was beefed up to ensure the safety of revealers.

Bars and restaurants at the beaches were busy all day serving clients.

Source: Ghana News Agency

African countries must collectively work to preserve natural resources, diverse ecosystems – Prof. Bugri

Professor John Tia Bugri, Provost, College of Art, and Built Environment, at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has stressed the urgent need for African countries to endeavour to collectively work to protect natural resources on the continent.

He said natural resources and diverse ecosystems in Africa were finite and vulnerable, and there was a need for effective collaboration and collective efforts by all to protect and preserve them.

‘The impact of climate change is already being felt across the continent, with rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and dwindling water resources.

As custodians of the environment, it is our responsibility to adopt sustainable practices, promote renewable energy sources, and develop innovative solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change,’ he charged.

Professor Bugri was speaking at the opening of the 1st International Conference on Environment, Social, Governance and Sustainable Development of Africa (ICESDA) 2024 in Kumasi.

three-day programme was held under the theme ‘Enhancing Environment, Social, Governance and Sustainability for Africa’s Development.’

Prof. Tia Bugri indicated that the social dimension of sustainable development could not be overlooked, citing Africa as a continent with immense human potential which needed to invest in the people, particularly in education, healthcare, and social welfare.

He said ensuring access to quality education and healthcare for all, could empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to society.

Additionally, addressing social inequality and promoting inclusivity was vital for fostering social cohesion and harmony.

The Provost underscored the need for Africa to further work to improve governance despite the significant strides made in the sector and advance the cause of fighting corruption, enhancing the efficiency of public institutions and creating an enabling environment for businesses and investment.

Prof. Tia Bugri mentioned that the KNUST recogniz
ing the importance of research, innovation, and collaboration in addressing the environmental, social, and governance challenges facing Africa, was committed to producing knowledge and solutions to drive sustainable development.

Through partnerships with other academic institutions, government agencies, and the private sector, the university was fostering interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange, and capacity building.

Prof. De-Graft Owusu-Manu, President of Green Communities International and Chairman of ICESDA 2024, highlighting the aim of the Conference, said it was a clarion response to the growing demand for all organizations, higher education institutions, companies, and stakeholders to engage in growth and sustainable practices and community development projects.

The conference brought together scholars, Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) practitioners and decision-makers around the globe, to discuss innovative pathways to transform the world into a sustainable and livable place.

rs delivered on topics such as social innovations, entrepreneurship and indigenous knowledge management in Africa, sustainable innovations in the built environment ecosystem in Africa, and sustainable innovations in urban configuration mobility in Africa, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Enchi Government Hospital records four deliveries during Easter

The Enchi Government Hospital in the Aowin Municipality of the Western North Region recorded four births during Easter.

The babies (including a set of twins), delivered between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, comprised four females and a male.

On Good Friday, the set of twins; a male and female, were delivered, on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, three females were born.

A midwife on duty at the facility, Madam Nancy Yaa Anima, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that out of the four births, three were delivered through caesarean section, including the twins, and one normal delivery.

She indicated that all the mothers and their babies were in good health.

‘Most of the attendees who visit the facility are anaemic, they should eat a healthy, balanced diet to help correct and prevent anaemia,’ she said.

‘Maintaining a balanced diet will give the little one inside the womb the best nutrients necessary for it to develop.’

All the mothers were grateful to God for seeing them through labour during the Easter peri

They advised other expectant mothers to constantly visit antenatal clinics to ensure they had safe deliveries.

At the Presbyterian Health Services in New Denkyeria, Madam Eunice Fobi, a midwife, said no birth was recorded throughout the Easter season and entreated pregnant women to quickly talk to their doctor or midwife when they needed help.

Source: Ghana News Agency