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Health workers refusing assignments in some E/R districts

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Dr Winfred Ofosu, Eastern Regional Director of Health, said the reluctance of staff to accept postings in some districts in the region is affecting the delivery of accessible and timely health care.

He noted that the worst affected areas where health personnel have been refused postings were Kwahu Afram Plains North and South Districts, adding that “the situation is dire and currently there is no doctor in the ‘Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital’.

Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital is a 177 bed capacity facility, which serves as the district hospital for the North and South Kwahu Afram Plains and also serves as the main referral center throughout the Afram Plains region .

Dr Ofosu, who made the disclosure at the 2021 Region Annual Health Performance Review meeting in Koforidua, said that many staff preferred to work in the Greater Accra border region such as the district of Nsawam-Adoagyri.

Other districts that are also highly valued are Akuapem North and South, New Juaben North and South, Suhum and lately Abuakwa South, resulting in poor distribution and inequitable distribution of staff.

“We strive to have a reasonable number of doctors and other essential staff even in closer locations such as Begoro Hospital in Fanteakwa North and Asesewa Hospital in Upper-Manya krobo district” , did he declare.

Another difficult area in the delivery of health care is some intra-district grade routes, which lead to difficulties in transferring patients referred for critical and emergency care.

The Regional Director called on City and District Assemblies, especially underserved districts, to prioritize the provision of basic infrastructure such as housing and social amenities to attract labor to these areas .

The meeting was themed “Building Resilient Health Systems for Maternal and Newborn Care: The Role of Stakeholders” and brought together District Directors and District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) as well as staff from key health in the region to take stock of the situation. the past year and make projections.

The Regional Director announced that despite the challenges, the Region has made progress in some key priority areas, including maternal health, family planning acceptance rate, newborn care, immunizations and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.

In the area of ​​maternal health, the institutional mortality rate increased from 146.1 in 2020 to 112.1 deaths in 2021 per 100,000 live births, the family planning acceptance rate increased from 24% to 29 .4% while institutional neonatal mortality decreased from 8.2 deaths to 6.7 deaths. per 100,000 live births during the period considered.

PMTCT of HIV testing also increased from 67% in 2020 to 94% in 2021 and vaccination coverage for disease prevention and control (Penta 3) increased from 96% in 2020 to 109.7% in 2021.

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