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13.02.2004 Health

Dormaa Ahenkro constructs offices for Mutual Health Insurance

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Dormaa Ahenkro (B/A), Feb. 12, GNA- The Dormaa District Assembly is constructing offices for the district's mutual health insurance scheme at Dormaa Ahenkro at the cost of 155 million cedis.

The Assembly is using part of its common fund in funding the project, which would be completed by the end of the year.

Mr Emmanuel Duku, District Chief executive disclosed this at an awards night for the staff of the district directorate of health services as part of activities to mark this year's health week. He said the district mutual health insurance scheme would take off this year and appealed to the people to pay their premium of 30,000 cedis each.

Mr Duku commended the staff of the district for their commitment and dedication to duty and asked them to continue with the same to offer quality health care to the people.

The DCE announced that the Assembly was sponsoring a number of trainee nurses and expressed the hope that they would assist in health care delivery after the completion of their training courses.

Dr Christian Nyarko Aduama, District Director of Health Services, said malaria cases topped the list of diseases in the district last year.

The increase in the number of HIV/AIDS cases is a challenge to health workers in assisting community-based and non-governmental organizations to help check the spread of the pandemic, he said. Dr Aduama expressed concern about the poor conditions of some health centres in the district and appealed to the District Assembly to help improve their facilities.

The District Director said more than 80,000 children in the district were immunized last year in the first and second phases of the national immunization exercise, saying the district achieved more than 100 percent coverage.

Dr Michael Sefah, a private medical practitioner at Henewaa Memorial clinic at Dormaa Ahenkro, emphasized the need to honour deserving health workers periodically to motivate them to work harder. About 40 health workers were presented with awards and certificates in appreciation of their contributions to the development of the health sector in the district.

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