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02.08.2005 Health

Techiman disburses 224.5 million for free maternal delivery


Techiman (B/A), Aug. 2, GNA - The Techiman Municipal Health Directorate has disbursed 224.580 million cedis to cover the free maternal delivery scheme launched by the Government. Mr Henry D. Offei-Akoto, Techiman Municipal Health Director, disclosed this at the Mid-Year Performance Review of the directorate at Techiman.

Mr Offei-Akoto was however, unhappy about the delay by the Government in reimbursing 80 million cedis exceptions granted to vulnerable groups in the municipality.

This, he said, has plunged the accounts of the directorate into crisis level and called for proper arrangement under the health insurance scheme to forestall similar occurrence. He was not happy about rate of infant and maternal death in the municipality and hoped that efforts would be made to address the problem.

Mr Offei-Akoto said community birth attendant volunteers had been tasked to monitor pregnant women at the community level and also provide the necessary assistance to the mothers to comply with their birth preparedness plan.

He bemoaned the staffing situation of health personnel in the municipality and commended Dr. George Bonsu, former Techiman District Director of Health Services for instituting the concept of community based health volunteers to support personnel in the communities. In an address, the deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, asked the participants to embrace the Municipal Mutual Health Insurance Scheme, which is expected to take off in August this year.

He asked the stakeholders to play a meaningful role in the implementation of the Scheme to help promote health delivery system in the country.

Mr Prince Yaw Donyina, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Techiman, who presided, said the success in the implementation of the Scheme for the municipality rests on health institutions and personnel and asked health workers not to seek greener pastures by leaving the country, saying that, the government was bent on addressing their needs. On the deplorable state of roads that hinder health delivery in the communities, Mr Donyina assured the people that efforts would be made to repair the roads that have been seriously affected by heavy downpour in the municipality.