A six-day capacity-building workshop held in Ho for 25 community health nurses drawn from Community Health and Planning Services (CHPS) compounds and health centres in the Adaklu District in the Volta Region has ended.
The workshop empowered participants on ways of improving healthcare delivery services with regard to the management of childhood diseases and elimination of neonatal deaths in remote and deprived communities in the district.
The meeting was sponsored by Good Neighbours Ghana, an international non-governmental organisation with a focus on human development.
Good Neighbours was founded in South Korea in 1991. The organisation also pays attention to community development and the protection of children’s rights and encourages community self-reliance.
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The Managing Director (MD) of Good Neighbours Ghana, Mr Ilwon Seo, said the workshop on health was among activities the organisation was undertaking in the Volta, Eastern and Upper East regions. The organisation had already distributed 2,590 Samsung tablets to frontline health workers for data entry purposes.
Included in his outfit’s maternal and child health improvement project in the Volta and Eastern regions, he noted, were some interventions that were introduced to address health challenges that had been identified.
He indicated that the organisation was working in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service at the district and municipal assembly levels to achieve improvement in health delivery outcomes.
Landscape in Adaklu
The Adaklu District Director of Health Services, Mr Charles Azagba, said the district had no hospital and was characterised by bad road networks.
Under the circumstances, he observed that health authorities had had to refer cases to either the Ho or Adidome hospitals.
He added that on many occasions, family members of patients on referral to the hospital had failed to accompany them because they could not bear the cost involved.
According to Mr Azagba, it was for that reason that the workshop was essential in order for health personnel in the district to acquire knowledge and information that would place them in an advantageous position to manage health situations in the district in a much better way.
The Health Programme Manager of Good Neighbours Ghana, Ms Gladys Tetteh-Yeboah, was hopeful that the Adaklu District would benefit from the workshop. She encouraged the participants as they went back to their stations to work professionally and improve health care in their communities.
Topics discussed at the seminar included managing childhood diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, measles, ear infection, severe malnutrition, problems with feeding, low weight, dysentery, jaundice and infectious diseases.