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30.03.2007 General News

Health Workers Told To Reach Out To Communities

By Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Zabzugu

THE new Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Elias Sory, has urged health workers, especially community health nurses, to work hard and intensify their outreach programmes.

He stated that the time when community health nurses sat in the clinics waiting for patients should be a thing of the past, and advised them to visit the people in their respective communities and inculcate in them the need to maintain sound environments.

Dr. Sory, who was speaking at the inauguration of a Community Health Service Centre (CHIPS) at Sabare in the Zabzugu/Tatale district on Tuesday, stressed that the only way to ensure quality health service is to prevent outbreak of diseases in the community by keeping clean environments.

He emphasised that as community health nurses, it is imperative for them to regularly visit the people in their homes and interact with them in order to change their negative perception on issues such as immunisation.

Dr. Sory noted that there are still some people who do not see the need to immunize their children against the six killer diseases.

He called on chiefs and opinion leaders of the area to cooperate with health professionals posted to their communities by giving them the needed assistance to enable them to give of their best.

Dr. Sory also appealed to the community to help protect the equipment and materials in the centres to ensure quality health service delivery.

The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, commended the health professionals for their dedication to duty and urged them not to relent.

The government, he said, is very much committed to providing of quality health service to the people irrespective of their locations hence the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Alhaji Idris asked the community to ensure that everyone get themselves registered with the scheme for easy and free medication.

The District Chief Executive, Alhaji Yakubu Bukari, said the assembly had spent over ¢2 billion providing the needs of health professionals in the district.