By Ansu Kofi Richard, B/A
According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Action for Community Health Development Foundation-Ghana (ACHDEF-GHANA), government alone cannot provide solutions to the stack of health problems confronting the sector in the country.
But ideally, it should be a shared responsibility of other organizations and every individuals in the country.
Mr. Salifu Braimah Andrews, disclosed this at the launch of Action for Community Health Development Foundation-Ghana in sunyani. ACHDEF is a Non Governmental organization made up of young men and women, who are public health professionals coming together.
It was incorporated under Ghana’s companies Law Act 1963, (Act 179) at the registrar generals department on December 2014.
For us to enjoy good health as a people, Mr.Salifu indicated, the country needed to act on health policies and reform the altitudes positively towards life and environment as a whole.
He, therefore intimated that since 2012 the organization has been working with schools and communities towards improving the health of the people through public health education, resource mobilization and capacity building towards getting them to take charge of their health issues to identify their health problems and to find possible lasting solutions to these tribulations.
ACHDEF-GHANA, is a rural based public health development oriented organization which over the years of its existence has extended services to some institutions and communities in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The mission of the organization is to commit itself to giving effective medical screening programmes, Public Health Education and Promotion and helping communities develop sustainable ideas and policies towards improvement of infant health care and hygiene promotion as well as capacity building, resource mobilization and standards setting with active participation of major stakeholders.
He called for an effective Neo-Natal care as situation which demands critical attention hence a project has been launched towards it.
Some of the objectives of the organization include the facilitating drawing and implementation of action plans for communities towards hygiene and sanitation practices as well as to organize medical screening/consultation for rural communities and institutions in the Brong Ahafo region.
In addition, it is the vision aspirations of the ACHDEF-GHANA to become a highly effective and efficient professional Non-governmental organization providing healthcare services and working with community members and stakeholders to promote good environmental and Public Health Education and Promotion and helping rural communities acquire basic health care and Public health facilities.
Meanwhile in his welcome address the Board Chairman of ACHDEF-GHANA Mr. Vitalis Bawontuo challenged all civil society organizations to carryout out their mandates to avert challenges of the local health system and contribute to health system strengthening in Ghana.
The Civil Society Organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa play a critical and diverse set of roles in the health sector because they have been associated with healthcare delivery in rural and marginalized areas to serve as a voice of the community in articulating their health needs, he revealed.
Mr.Vitalis therefore commended the civil society organizations for their involvement in all aspect of health care and obviously bridging the access gap to equitable health services.
He was convinced that the alertness and flexibility of civil society organization have enabled them to innovate and provides life saving solutions at the community levels.
These organizations have been key contributors in developing and strengthening the health sector, thus complementing government’s efforts to bring health closer to where people live and work, this was according to the Board Chairman.
He said World Health Organization research indicates that a well functioning health system working in harmony is built on having trained and motivated health workers. A well maintained infrastructure and a reliable supply of medicines and technologies, backed by adequate funding, strong health plans and evidence based policies.
According to him, it is only when government, civil society and the private sector work together in a harmonized manner that Ghana could make real impact in the health and well-being of the communities.
To add to the above was the Project coordinator of ACHDEF-GHANA Ms. Charity Addah who indicates that about thirty percent of pregnant women who attend hospital for screening are likely contagious with Hepatitis ‘B’.
According to Ms. Addah who is also a Public Health Nurse, there are vaccines for the treatment of the disease but it is expensive hence the need for regular checkup to be abreast of your status about the disease.
She advised the youth who are sexually active to avail themselves for screening because hepatitis ‘B’ spreads through fluid of affected persons.