Nkoranza (B/A), July 5, GNA – A three-day training workshop aimed at imparting knowledge and skills to 154 Community-Based Agents (CBAs), nurses and doctors in Nkoranza South District in managing malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea among children has ended at Nkoranza.
The programme that was organised by the Nkoranza South District Directorate of Health Services and funded by the National Malaria Control Programme, was under the theme: “Home-Based Care Activity”
It was aimed at preventing death caused by early –child diseases among children aged between zero and five years.
The participants were introduced to signs of simple and complicated malaria, management of the disease, and health situations that require referrals to higher health facilities.
Mr. Charles Kwasi Gyamfi, Nkoranza South District Disease Control Officer, said the workshop was part of programmes initiated by the Ministry of Health under the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to improve health.
Mr. Gyamfi promised to provide the CBAs with drugs such as Artesunate Amodiaquin (AA) paracetamol, ampicillin and Oral Rehydrated Salt (ORS) to serve as first aid drugs for the communities.
He advised the CBAs to refer any patient with severe and complicated diseases to health facilities, and asked them to regularly visit homes to track the activities of pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Madam Salamatu Ibrahim, Nkoranza South District Director of Health Services, mentioned refusal to such breast, vomiting, convulsion, stiff neck, dark coloured eyes and urine and unconsciousness as some of the signs of complicated malaria among infants.
Madam Ibrahim asked the participants to keep accurate records of their activities to ensure the successful implementation of the programme.
She commended the CBAs for rendering voluntary services in support of the Ghana Health Service, to promote the health among the people.
Madam Ibrahim announced that the Service was working hard to provide bicycles to CBAs to facilitate health delivery.