Focus priority on disease prevention – Adams

Dorothy Frances Ward, GNA

Kumasi, July 10, GNA – The government has been
asked to put more resources into health programmes directed at the prevention
of diseases.

Mr. Archibald Adams, Campaign Coordinator,
Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR), an NGO, said the focus should
be on getting people to do the very basic, simple and right things to keep them
safe from diseases.

He mentioned sanitation, good nutrition,
personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness.

He made the call at a day’s workshop on
primary health care held for selected journalists at Kenyase in Kwabre East

It was jointly organized by the ARHR and
Curious Minds, another NGO based in the national capital, Accra, under the
theme “Primary Health Care, have we got a right”.

Mr. Adams said people should be encouraged to
maintain good sanitation – should not litter and throw garbage at unauthorized

He added that the responsibility of ensuring
that the communities were clean must not be left to the metropolitan, municipal
and assemblies alone to shoulder.

He also highlighted the need to build more
community-based health planning and services (CHPS) compounds so that everybody
would have access to quality healthcare.

This, he said, was important because it was
only when the people were healthy that they would be economically productive.

Mr. Augustine Yaw Boamah, Deputy Ashanti
Regional Health Director (Administration), said tele-medicine was being piloted
in the region to provide clinical healthcare to people in difficult-to-reach

Community health officers in these places are
being assisted through the use of telecommunication and information
communication technology to administer drugs and take care of patients.

He asked that a second look was taken at the
insurance capitation by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) because
of the difficulties it was presenting to health care delivery in the region.


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