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27.05.2004 Regional News

Volta region to get Clinical Care Unit

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Aflao, May 27, GNA - The Volta Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is to establish a Clinical Care Unit to update clinical skills of GHS staff in the region. Additionally, focal persons from the unit will make routine visits to hospitals and clinics to ensure efficient and ethical health care delivery.

Dr Andrews Arde-Acquah, Volta Regional Director of the GHS, announced this on Wednesday at a durbar to mark this year's International Nurses' Week under the theme, "Nurses: Work with the Poor Against Poverty" at Aflao.

He urged Nurses to continue saving lives, respect the dignity of their clients as prescribe by the ethics of the profession. Dr Arde-Acquah said 12 vehicles out of the 30 vehicles allocated to the region would be given to Nurses and asked them to work harder to improve their services.

Dr Arde-Acquah commended the Ketu District Assembly for initiating measures to put the Aflao District Hospital on a three-phase power supply programme and for providing a refrigerator for the morgue. Mr Samuel K. Agbo, Volta Regional Chairman of Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA), said Nurses needed to be informed on poverty reduction strategies to enable them formulate pro-poor health approaches and to establish partnership with other sectors to include poverty issues on the agenda of health delivery.

Mr Agbo noted that when people are unable to meet their basic needs as a result of poverty, they become susceptible to diseases. Miss Doris Hlogbe, Ketu District Director of Nursing Services, called on government to improve Additional Duty Allowance (ADHA) and provide adequate accommodation for health personnel to motivate them to work harder.

Mr Linus Koffie, Ketu District Chief Executive, noted that Nurses form the bedrock of the health delivery system in the country and government was taking measures to prevent them from travelling abroad for greener pastures.

He commended Nurses working in the country for their patriotism and assisting in the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) that has started in most parts of the country. Mr Koffie said plans were far advanced to install a mammogram for the detection of breast cancer, donated to the Aflao Hospital by a German non-governmental organisation.

The Ketu District chapter of Ghana Registered Nurses Association launched a plan to build a 52 million cedis office at Aflao.

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