Government urged to sustain CHWs Module under NYEP

By
Dorothy Frances Ward, GNA

Kumasi, Oct. 5. GNA –
Dr Patrick Aboagye, the Director at the Public Health Division of the Ghana
Health Service (GHS), has called on the Government to sustain the Community
Health Workers (CHWs) Module under the National Youth Employment Programme
(NYEP).

This, he said, would
make healthcare services more accessible to majority of the people in rural
communities.

Dr Aboagye made the
call at a ceremony to award certificates to 1,900 youth who worked under the CHWs
Module and have successfully completed their two-year service with health
facilities in the Ashanti Region.

The community health
workers must be motivated and empowered through regular training to enable them
to work harder to sustain the impact they had been making in the healthcare
delivery system in the rural and underserved communities in the country.

He pointed out that
the engagement of the community health workers under the (NYEP) had helped
reduced maternal mortality, infant mortality, neonatal deaths and the spread of
communicable diseases in health facilities as well as Community Based Health
and Planning Services (CHPS) compounds in the Region.

Dr Aboagye said
currently eight out of 10 pregnant women were accessing healthcare in the
anti-natal clinics, adding that by 2030, under-five mortality rate would drop
by 25 per cent in Ghana.

He attributed this to
the successful implementation of the CHWs Model and called for early
recruitment of the next batch to continue the good work of their predecessors.

Dr Prince Ewudzi
Yeboah, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Director of Health in charge of Public
Health, said the CHWs Module had helped improve healthcare delivery in the
Region.

Dr Margaret Chebere,
the Human Resource Director at the GHS, said the CHWs, recruited in 2016, had
worked to bring healthcare services to the doorsteps of rural households.

Mr Christoper Arthur,
the Director of NYEP, said more youth would be engaged to support public
service delivery across the country.

GNA

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