Winneba (C/R), Feb. 3, GNA- Mr Samuel Asiedu, District Planning Officer for the Awutu-Effutu-Senya District Assembly in the Central Region, noted that good quality health care was needed for effective nation building.
He, therefore, called on health workers through out the country to work harder to achieve the objective.
Mr Asiedu was speaking at the opening of a two-day annual performance review meeting of health managers from the District, at Winneba.
The meeting was to afford participants the opportunity to reflect on their performance for last year and to adopt more effective strategies for the way forward.
He announced that the assembly would acquire adequate land for the construction of a bigger health facility at Kasoa, in the district. Dr G.K. Morrison, District Director of Health Services, said malaria remained the most prevalent communicable disease in the district, accounting for 451 out-patient department reported cases of morbidity.
Dr Morrison also said malaria was the cause of deaths and morbidity among children under five years.
He said the District Directorate of Health Services had adopted an effective strategy, using evidence-based and cost-effective interventions to fight the disease.
Mr Felix Kwei-Tagoe, Board Chairman of the District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme, appealed to the government to provide public health institutions in the country with adequate equipment, to ensure the success of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). He said directors and managers of the scheme and other participants exchanged ideas and found out the state of health facilities in the district, at the meeting.
Mr Kwei-Tagoe, therefore, suggested that such programmes should be organised twice annually to keep health providers on their toes at all times.