The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, has indicated that they are on course to provide Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound across all 6,500 electoral areas, nationwide.
He announced that already about 3,000 of the electoral areas had been covered as the nation made giant strides towards universal access to health care.
He was speaking at an annual performance review meeting held by the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.
Dr. Appiah-Denkyira hinted of the development of a comprehensive strategy to allow the teaching hospitals to offer mentorship training to health personnel at the regional and district levels.
The goal is to help the district hospitals to develop closer collaboration and linkages with the teaching facilities to enable them “receive some form of specialists training” to improve the quality of service delivery.
He said the expectation was that every department of a teaching hospital, would serve as a training centre for regional and district health workers.
Dr. Appiah-Denkyira underlined the importance of bringing all health care providers at the various levels together to share their expertise for the benefit of the people.
He reminded health workers to uphold professional ethics and to treat patients with respect and dignity.
Dr. Joseph Akpaloo, the Chief Executive of KATH, said the management was eager to see the completion of the maternal and children’s block, work on which started 47 years ago to ease congestion at the facility.
He also spoke of the construction of a sickle cell and blood centre with funding from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation.
He told the meeting that the hospital, the nation’s second largest referral facility, was in dire need of modern facilities to improve the quality of its services to the people.
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