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20.02.2009 Health

Malaria on the increase in the Atwima-Mponua District


The Atwima-Mponua District Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) recorded 44,333 cases of Malaria in 2008 as against 23,376 cases in 2007.

The increase was attributed to the awareness created among the people on the need to report to health centres, clinics and hospitals for medical attention whenever they fell ill.

Dr Agartha Baffoe- Bonney, the District Director of GHS, announced this at the 2008 Annual Performance Review Meeting at Nyinahin on Wednesday.

She said the Directorate also recorded increases in diseases such as Diarrhoea, Chicken Pox, Ulcers, Acute Respiratory Infection, Anaemia and others in the period under review.

Dr Baffoe- Bonney said about 21,203 children were immunized against Measles, Yellow Fever and other diseases within the period.

She noted that the key priorities for the Directorate in 2009 included the building of staff capacity, control of communicable and non-communicable diseases as well as the quality of clinical care.

The District Director of Health Service added that poor data collection and management, inadequate logistics as well as lack of accommodation for the staff were some of the challenges facing the Directorate and appealed to the Government to go to their aid.

Dr. Baffoe-Bonney appealed to the health personnel to work as a team to improve the health delivery in the district.

She advised the health personnel to use the occasion to take stock of their activities and adopt effective and pragmatic measures to improve on their performances.