Wa East makes strides in guinea worm eradication
Buffiama (UW), June 21, GNA - The Wa East District in the
Upper West Region which has for several years being one of the
most endemic districts
in guinea worm in the country has not recorded any case of the
the beginning of this year.
During the same period last year, the District registered 64 cases,
Mr Joseph Bolubie, the District Director of Health Services said at
Buffiama, a farming community in the District on Friday.
He was speaking at the inauguration of a Community Based
Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound, which would serve as
a first point of call for persons with ailments in and around Buffiama
He noted that, the relative success in the eradication of the
disease in the district was due to increased surveillance by health
workers, community health volunteers and an improvement in the
quality of water supplied to the communities.
Mr. Bolubie was optimistic that, with the continuous support of
development partners such as Catholic Relief Services and
cooperation from the inhabitants, the District would achieve its target
of total eradication of the disease by the end of this year.
Mr George Hikah Benson, Upper West Regional Minister
described the CHPS concept as very laudable, saying its benefits
could be realized through improved access to primary health care
services in communities.
He called on Assemblymen and women and other opinion leaders
to get involved in the planning and implementation of all activities of
the CHPS compounds to ensure that they render services that would
relieve the people of preventable diseases.
Touching on the National Health Insurance Scheme, he said apart
from its increase of access to health institutions, it was also
improving the infrastructure development of the health facilities.
Dr. Alexis Nang-beifubah, the Regional Director of Health
Services enumerated the benefits of CHPS in the country's health
care delivery system and said 197 CHPS compounds would be
developed through-out the region by 2015.