Dr Gloria Quansah Asare, unveiling the newsletter while the other dignitaries look on
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has outdoored a corporate health newsletter aimed at reaching the public with timely information on preventive healthcare.
The newsletter, dubbed the ‘Health Scope’, which is being produced by the service, is in fulfilment of GHS’ mandate of providing accessible health service with special emphasis on healthcare at regional, district and sub-district levels in accordance with approved national policies.
The newsletter, full of health-related articles and stories, is solely meant to educate and empower the public to know their basic health rights as part of activities towards achieving preventive healthcare.
It is also expected to inform the public about activities and pertinent decisions taken by the service and its departments in the performance of its duty.
The first edition of the newsletter focused on educating readers on issues like family planning and the causes, control and prevention of diseases such as cholera, Ebola and malaria.
Dr Gloria Quansah Asare, deputy director general of the GHS, who also doubles as the editor of the newsletter, stated that the maiden edition provides information on happenings in the health sector from the community, district and to national levels.
“The newsletter will help build relationships with the public and keep them informed on the symptoms and treatments of common diseases as well as provide a platform through which the public can send in their opinions for redress,” she said.
The publication of the paper which will be done quarterly, she believed, would help equip the public with enough information to live healthy life styles.
She urged ministries, department, agencies, private schools, hospitals and homes to read and make use of the information in the newsletter when distribution starts.
The service also used the event to revive its monthly healthcare promotion programme by sensitising participants on cholera.
Dr Emmanuel Dzotsi, a public health director at the GHS, advised the public to wash their hands regularly, avoid open defecation and eat warm food to keep them free from disease infections like cholera.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri