The Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Health Services, Dr. Anthony Adofo Ofosu, has on Tuesday 25th July, 2023 visited the Bole Health Directorate in the Bole District of Savannah Region as part of his Regional tour.
In a welcome address by the Bole District Health Director, Hajia Fuseina mentioned that Bole District have a population of 120,715 with 3.1% growth rate and have 7 sub-district, 34 health facilities, 21 CHIPS facilities 7 health Centers, 1 District hospital, 1 District poly-clinic at Bamboi.
The District Health Director mention that the challenges facing them are means of transportation to get to the remote areas, the District is too vast from the last community to Sawla to Bamboi and to Babator and the road to the facilities is so terrible and there is no Network and lights in some critical areas.
Again, in most of our facilities in the District one has to cross rivers before they can render services and life jackets are not enough for us and the boat that carry some of our workers to cross the rivers always demand for monies.
“So am appealing to the GHS to support us with a boat and life jackets to help us render services in the remote areas she said.”
The Deputy Director-General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Adofo Ofosu interacting with the staff’s of the Bole District Health Directorate said one of their assignment is to monitor the performance of Regional Directors and then also looking at the health insurance issue and some other things that am assigned to do and also to interact with you to Understand your challenges so interacting with you is very important.
Dr. Anthony Adofo Ofosu added that they need to recognize, that the community has a stake in the health sector, the local government has a stake in the health sector and these are areas that has resources that we can leverage on depending on the way we engage them, so community engagement is very critical.
Again the Deputy Director-General cautioned the staff’s to treat patient’s well when they come to the facilities.
“sometimes is just a smile and being nice to the patient so I entreat you to build that relationship with patients at the facilities”.
Dr. Anthony Ofosu also talked about the Health Insurance and mentioned that one of their concern is the co-payment, we do say that the insurance is high percentage, but the rules is that the NHIS is purchasing Service from us and have a contract with their clients.
The terms of the contract is that once the person has a card there are certain designated services that the person should have by virtue as the person being a member.
So the National Health Insurance has contracted us to provide that Service, so what ever issues we have with whatever they are paying us has nothing to do with the patients and we need to engage Health Insurance to solve that problem, so we cannot say tariffs are low so we collect from clients no it is illegal he said.
The Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Health Service was accompany by special aid to the Deputy Director-General Mr. Fred Owusu, Mr. Peter Gyasi office of the Director-General incharge of Health Insurance, Savannah regional Health Director Dr. Chrysantus Kubio, Savannah Regional Deputy Director Human Resource, Mr. Zakaria Mohammed, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Madam Linda Mitel, Deputy Director Finance, Mr. Albert Saglo.
Source: yagbonradioonline/Fataw Diwura