The Sawla- Tuna-Kalba Health Directorate of the Sawla- Tuna- Kalba district on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, held its 2020 Annual Performance Review meeting at Sawla to discuss its achievement, constraints and challenges in health delivery in the District.
Addressing participants, District Director of Health Services of the Sawla- Tuna-Kalba District, Mr. Zakaria Abdul Kassim, congratulated health workers in the District for their hard work and dedication to duty over the years-particularly the period under review.
He emphasized that the performance of the health sector in the district was very critical to the overall progress and development of the Region.
This according to him therefore raised the need to periodically make careful evaluation of the District performance so as to constantly put in place measures that allow the service to effectively apply its strength and utilize the available resources.
The Director mentioned that OPD attendance increased from 88,000 in 2019 to 97,000 in 2020 with malaria, severe anemia, hypertension been top cases for the year under review.
He added that the District Assembly renovated two CHPs compounds which includes Gbeneyiri and Saru while Nakpala CHPs compound was also renovated by the Member of Parliament for the constituency.
Mr. Zakaria mentioned inadequate staffing, lack of accommodation for health staff, lack of electricity at health facilities in the case of Kawie and Nahari, and lack of logistics as some of the challenges that are mitigating the successes of health delivery in the District and the need for stakeholder engagement to address them.
He also indicated that the District recorded 16 cases of fistula, 629 teenage pregnancies while 145 samples taken for covid-19 all turned out to be negative.
The event was graced by a number of personalities such as a representative of the Sawla Wura, the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Chairman of the local council of churches, health practitioners from the District as well as several other participants.