The Tano North Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has received higher marks for extending its health outreach programmes to benefit inmates at the Duayaw-Nkwanta prison camp in the Brong-Ahafo Region. According to Deputy Superintendent of Prisons (DSP) Eli Buatsi, the current collaboration between the directorate and the prisons in disease control prevention and is highly appreciable and commendable and expressed the hope that the collaboration would be deepened. He was speaking at the 2018 Annual Performance Review Meeting of the directorate, held at Duayaw-Nkwanta on Friday, under the theme "attaining universal health coverage through effective leadership and governance". DSP Buatsi, who is in-charge of agriculture, said the camp would be forever grateful to the directorate for its disease control, prevention and surveillance activities which had reduced outbreak of disease among the 124 inmates at the camp. He appealed to other health directorates in the country to emulate and collaborate with the Ghana Prisons Service and provide healthcare services to the increasing prison population to guard against outbreak of diseases. Mrs Eva Aryee, the Tano North Municipal Director of Health expressed discomfort with lack of vehicles and motorbikes which were making it extremely difficult for health workers to reach out to people in deprived areas in the municipality, and appealed for assistance. Despite some challenges, she said the directorate achieved some significant successes due to hard work and committed services of health workers. Mrs Aryee said the directorate achieved almost 100 percent of all immunization exercises - yellow fever, measles-rubella as well as distribution of long lasting insecticide mosquito treated nets. Dr Kofi Issah, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of Health Services, in a speech read for him, advised the directorate to ensure that health workers worked Iin accordance with the core values of the Ghana Health Service to improve on it's performances.
Source: K. Peprah