Akyemansa District Chief Executive, Tim Budu, has asked the District Health Directorate to open more Community-based Health Planning and Service (CHPS) compounds in the district to make health care delivery more accessible to the people.
According to Mr Budu the district, with 93 communities and a population of about 61,000 needs community health officers nearer to the people to ensure health care delivery at their doorsteps.
Mr Budu made the appeal at Akyem Ayirebi at the half-year-performance review meeting by the District Health Directorate which was attended by health personnel from all the five sub-districts, representatives of the assembly, assembly members, volunteers, chiefs and other collaborators.
Mr Budu said the assembly had decided to reshape all roads leading to health facilities to make them more accessible and connected to the national network.
He disclosed that the assembly had decided to register all physically challenged persons free of charge under the District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (DMHIS) and therefore requested those affected to get in touch with his office for assistance.
The Birim North District Director of Health Services (DDHS), Mr Tei Djangmah, who has oversight responsibility for Akyemansa charged community health nurses to intensify home visits to monitor the ante-natal and post-natal care of women.
To reduce teenage pregnancy in the district, Mr Djangmah said even though sex abstinence was the best preventive method, a lot of teenagers were engaged in pre-marital sex so the way out was to make family planning accessible to them.
He revealed that enough motorbikes would be made available to the nurses and urged those who did not know how to ride to avail themselves of the opportunity of a motorbike training programme due to start very soon.
The district public health nurse, Ms Ernestina Buer, said teenage pregnancy was on the increase and advised parents to exercise more control over their daughters and try and provide them with their needs so that they would not fall prey to unscrupulous men.
Ms Buer said there was no maternal deaths in the district during the first half of the year and urged all health personnel, pregnant women and other collaborators to help sustain the trend.