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KMA: School kids to enjoy improved health care services

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School children in the Kumasi Metropolis would from now receive health care services in their schools, Dr Akwasi Yeboah-Awudzi, the Metropolitan Director of Health Service, has said.

He said a team of health professionals in eye, ear, nose and throat (ENT) as well as other specialised nurses would be sent to the schools to regularly examine and treat pupils.

There are also plans to attach clinics to some of the cluster schools.

Dr Yeboah-Awudzi, who was addressing an end of year performance review meeting of the Metropolitan Health Directorate in Kumasi, said these were part of measures to help bring down child morbidity and mortality and improve the general health status of children.

He said they would assign community health nurses to all electoral areas to ensure that every child below the age of two years was immunised.

All midwives are also to receive training in the management of hypertension and eclampsis, the leading cause of maternal deaths in the metropolis.

Dr Yeboah-Awudzi repeated the call on the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to speed up plans to hold a stakeholders meeting to review the health insurance capitation, which is being piloted in the Ashanti Region.

He said the NHIA should additionally act quickly to reimburse health facilities in the metropolis of all outstanding claims in order to improve health delivery. The claims had been in arrears since August 2012.

He said the payments delay, coupled with the inability of the government to provide financial assistance was affecting the smooth operations of the public health facilities.

Dr Yeboah-Awudzi said there was the need to re-equip district health facilities to reduce congestion at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).

He said discussions were underway to get some specialist doctors in KATH to offer locum services at night in the sub-metro health facilities in order to bring down referral cases and deaths, especially maternal cases.


Posted: 24-Jan
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