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Health News of Friday, 22 May 2015

Source: GNA

CHAG calls for better resources

Dr Yao Yeboah, the Vice National Board Chairman, Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), has called for better resources and logistics that would enable them to collect data, analyze and use results to provide better health care services to clients.

He said CHAG, which was recognized as a significant healthcare provider in Ghana, strove with their limited resources at all times to maintain the highest level of quality care to all.

“CHAG, by its nature, and ethos strongly supports the achievement of universal and equitable access to healthcare services in Ghana, and so with or without adequate better resources we still make our goals be achieved extensively,” he said.

Dr Yeboah made the call on Wednesday at the 47th Annual General Meeting of CHAG at Winneba, when he spoke on the theme: “Monitoring and Evaluation for Effective and Efficient Health Service Delivery.”

He said although the main challenge faced by CHAG was data quality, doctors, managers and other health workers were being trained to do good work in their analysis and in a committed manner to save lives.

Neenyi Ghartey VII, the Paramount Chief of the Effutu Traditional Area, advised the management and members of CHAG uphold their moral values and to help them to uplift the significant services they were rendering to citizens.

“Remembering who you are and maintaining a focus on that identity should enable you to have a psychological state of mind to handle the problems we present at the hospital and not to show any attitudes that will discredit your image,” he advised.

Mr Ernest Asigri, Programmes Manager, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, urged respective church health coordinating offices of CHAG and the CHAG Secretariat to put a system in place to effectively train managers and other health workers in data collection, analysis and interpretation, as well as the use of information for decision making, which would ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the health care delivery system.

Mrs Adelaide Akowuah-Buntal, Deputy Director, Membership, Provider Relations and Regional operations and a member of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said the theme was timely, especially when the national health system was not in the best of shape.

They, therefore, appealed to CHAG members to make a conscious effort to take steps that would make the theme reflect in their works to make the health system an effective one.

CHAG is a faith-based network organization comprising of 21 Christian church denominations and 183 member institutions located in all the 10 regions of Ghana involved in the provision of health care and training of health professionals.