Stakeholders Worried Over Impact Of Ban …On Motorbike Healthcare Delivery In Bawku
The long ban of the use of motorbikes by men in Bawku is seen to be impacting negatively on healthcare delivery in the area.
The ban was imposed about two and a half years ago, as one of the many measures instituted by National Security, in consultation with the Upper East Regional Security Council, as a means of finding solutions to the protracted Bawku conflict.
But stakeholders, at a regional forum organised by the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) in Bolgatanga, noted that the ban on motorbike riding in the Bawku Municipality was affecting healthcare delivery in the area, as male health workers found it difficult to reach communities to administer health care, particularly to pregnant women.
The stakeholders, in a communiquÃ©, stressed the need for the government to exempt health workers in the area from the ban, to enable them deliver health services to the people.
The forum, which was under ISODEC’s ‘SIMAVI’ project, attracted stakeholders in health, including civil society organisations, Coalitions of NGOs in Health, Community Based Organisations, and staff of the Ghana Health Service to brainstorm on how to address the problem of the refusal of health service personnel to accept postings to deprived areas.
The communiquÃ© said lack of health personnel in rural and deprived areas was attributed to political influence.
The stakeholders also identified that the majority of health personnel posted to such areas used politicians to influence the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to change their postings, and this was seriously affecting and undermining effective health delivery in the rural and deprived areas.
The communiquÃ© further called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, intervene in the matter to stop the practice, or else its dream of achieving the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 would be hampered.
Since the imposition of the ban, women and security personnel are allowed to ride motorbikes, but not without some strict restrictions. For instance, women were not allowed to pick their male counterparts, while security personnel are not also allowed to pick civilians.
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