The Ghana Health Service has diversified its style of holding its annual performance review by the use of interchangeability in the District assessment to improve performance.
Formerly, the annual review was held among members in the same directorate but currently the trend has changed, where one directorate is given the opportunity to peer review another directorate.
Hajia Fuseina Sulemana, the Bole District Health Director in a welcome address during the 2021 Annual Performance Review said, the diversification will ensure a holistic approach to the District’s health promotion.
She said, the directorate exists to contribute to the realisation of the national health goal of having a healthy population.
The capacity of the Bole District Health Directorate was examined by the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba Health Directorate in the areas of enhancing efficiency in governance management.
Other areas included reduction in morbidity and mortality, intensifying prevention and control of communicable disease, and ensuring sustainable, affordable, equity, easily accessible health care service.
The evaluation revealed that children due receiving long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) was encouraging as well as the proportion of out-patients who are insured.
The District Director stated that skilled birth delivery declined from 98.3% in 2020 to 97.1% in 2021 with maternal mortality ratio reducing from 3 in 2020 to 2 in 2021.
OPD attendance also decreased from 103,653 (98.3%) in 2020 to 120,089 (97.1%) in 2021.
She added that 7 suspected miningitis cases were recorded with 0 positive and 0 deaths while 26 suspected cases of yellow fever cases were recorded with 5 positive cases and 5 deaths.
On Covid-19, she stated that 184 suspected cases were recorded with 71 testing positive and 1 death.
According to her, the directorate also received vaccines for vaccination against covid-19.
She gave the breakdown as 18,468 Astrazeneca doses and out of the number 18,128 were used with 340 got expired.
70 Johnson and Johnson were received and all were administered.
Hajia Fuseina also noted that all 1,400 Moderna received were all used as well as all 17,500 yellow fever received were also all administered.
According to her, the Directorate successfully carried out the following programs towards enhancing the health of the people as in, Point Mass Distribution of LLINs, Seasonal Malaria Chemo prevention, Mass Drug Administration, School Deworming Exercise and Eye Screening and Surgery.
Despite the achievements chalked by the directorate, the Director mentioned that they are still bedeviled with lack of funds for the District Health Directorate office, lack of water and wash rooms for the facilities, lack of logistics, dyfunctional hospital morgue, lack of functional incubators and deplorable nature of some health facilities as at Seripe, WakawakaKa, Kakiase and Gbenfu.
She therefore appealed to the Bole District Assembly and other corporate bodies to assist the directorate to solve the aforementioned challenges to help improve health care delivery.
It was also recommended that the directorate should intensify education on health talk such as communicable and non-communicable diseases.
The meeting was well attended by various departments of heads ,the Presiding Member for the Bole District Assembly, Hon. Jamani Bakari and a cross section of security personnels.