SPEECH READ BY DR. LETICIA WIAFE (MUN. HEALTH DIRECTOR)News, Spotlight, Uncategorized — November 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm Print This Post | Email This Post
Two and half years ago, LEKMA came into existence. We started with almost nothing to boast of in terms of infrastructure and logistics. Though there are several private health facilities, the only public health facility we had was ''OPEC CLINIC'' and the Teshie Community RCH center which was built by the Community.
The directorate, in line with Ghana Health Service (GHS) operates on the vision of creating wealth through health.
In achieving this dream, we belive in fostering collaboration with Private Institutions, NGO's, Civil Society and the Community at large. The support of the community canot overemphasized in improving the Health status of individuals.
It is in view of this that wa appreciate and commend the good work of Mannoyaa Kpee in initiating the construction of this Clinic which we inauguarate today we aslo appreciate the financial support from the Municipal Assembly and the Hon. MP of Ledzokuku in completing the work started by the Community.
Mr. Chairman, this facility provides both prevention and curative care and the coverage includes prenatal and postnatal consultations, vaccinations, family planning, nutritional services, curative consultations, nursing care assisted delivery, and drug administration.
Additionally we provide Health information, Education, Counseling and testing of HIV/AIDS, Communication, Birth and death registration. We urge our stakeholders to patronize the services fully and also make suggestions on improvements.
Mr. Chairman, Ledzokuku Community members especially the Youth are not registering with the NHIS as we would have liked. We urge members to enroll with the NHIS so they can benefit from the services offered.
Aside urging Community members to register, I would also suggest that membership of constituents with NHIS should be a key indicator of District performance. This has proved effective in some African Countries.
Mr. Chairman, it will interest you to know that according to the 2008 Ghana Millennium Development goals reports published in April, 2010 the rate of decline fo maternal mortality nationwide is slow. Only 59% of pregnant women had assisted deliveryeven though 95% had antenatal care from Health professional in 2008.
A number of initiatives have so far been implemented to positively affect maternal Health outcomes such as declaration of maternal mortality as a national emergency in July , 2008. I will again suggest that MDG's 4 & 5 goals targets should also be key indicators od District performance.
This in my humbly opinion will give the decentralized political support in achieving these goals. I take this opportunity to thank the mothers, fathers, care givers and other community members who access our services and and encourage those who are not yet patronizing our services to do so.
Let us make our Health and the Health of our children a priority by showing more interest in all Health programmes. Finally, I appeal to the youth of this Community to challenge themselves to enroll in Health delivery educational institutions as a means to acquire knowledge and serve their Community.
In conclusion my appreciation goes to the elders of this Community, Municipal Chief Executive, MP for Ledzokuku, and not the least the Community members for their immense contribution towards the initiation, completion and furshing of the facility.