Assembly to improve health delivery in the Municipality

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Agona West, Justina Marigold Assan, has taken the initiative to improve health care delivery in the municipality through expansion of infrastructural facilities in the health sector.

She indicated that, works on the health centre at Otabilkrom is completed, furnished and handed over to the Municipal Health Directorate for use.

The MCE said that the facility would help the residents of Otabilkrom and it environs for quick and safe health care delivery, adding that the assembly has secured funds for the extension of electricity to Armah CHPS compound too.

She called on all stakeholders to work in unity for the development of the municipality and Ghana as a whole.

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Environmental Health Officer adjudged Best Worker In Agona West Municipality

The Agona West Municipal Assembly in the Central Region has adjudged Mr. George Freeman, Head of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Department as the overall Best Worker for 2017.

The award was instituted by the Assembly to honour its hardworking staff and to encourage them to perform their assigned duties effectively.

The Agona West Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Justina Marigold Assan commended Mr. George Freeman for his commitment and dedication to duty.

According to the MCE, ever since he became the Head if the Environmental Health Department, Mr. George Freeman has truly and unconditionally proven his mettle beyond all reasonable doubt as the most assiduous staff and had really curved a niche not only for himself but for the entire Agona West Municipality.

Hon. Justina Marigold Assan further stated that Mr. George Freeman undoubtedly combined initiative and drive in discharging his duties morally and socially within his domain without fear of being reprimanded.

” With your eleven experience on the job, the Agona West Municipal Assembly deemed it befitting and proper to adjudge you as overall best Worker.

Generally, among the staff, you remarkably endeared yourself sociably and approachable. You will forever be remembered by all and sundry”

The Central Regional Coordinating Director, Mr. Kingsley Agyei Boahene who read the citation on behalf of the Agona West Municipal Assembly Commended Mr. George Freeman for his dedication to duty.

Part of the citation read “A job which is well executed without blemish deserves an unqualified praises and thanks and above all an acknowledgement in the highest esteem.

In this regard, we, the staff and workers of the Agona West Municipal Assembly express our utmost appreciation to you, Mr. George Freeman, the Head of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Department for the able and dedication manner you went about your moral and legal responsibilities”

Receiving the citation, Mr. George Freeman lauded the MCE and her management team for recognizing his little contribution in line with the Assembly’s vision and mission.

He assured the MCE that he would work assiduously to ensure disease free environment in the Agona West Municipality.

For being Municipal overall Best Worker, Mr. Freeman received a Deep Freezer, citation and a certificate as his reward.

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Swedru Hospital Observes World Preterm Day

The Agona Swedru Municipal Hospital in the Central Region on Thursday observed the world prematurity day to raise awareness of pre-term birth and the concerns of pre-term babies and their families.

The day, which was commemoareted at the hospital’s maternity ward, brought together pregnant women and health officials to discuss the concerns of pre-term babies.

Prematurity birth is the leading cause of deaths of children under five years.

Although Ghana has progressed to reduce under-five child deaths, the country has not achieved the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 target, largely due to the high number of deaths in babies below one month old.

Speaking to Citi News on the occasion to observe the day, the Medical Superintendent of the Agona Swedru Municipal hospital, Dr. Dzodzebey Akpetorgba, said there is the need to place priority on this day as pre-term babies form a significant part of infant mortality in the country.

According to him, educating mothers on premature birth will help them take good care of such babies in order to prevent infant deaths in the country.

“It is very important to celebrate this day and educate mothers on preterm births because it forms a significant part of maternal records in the country. There are a lot preterm babies who were born, but after getting the needed care they are now are alive and strong.” he emphasized.

Dr. Dzodzedzebey revealed that, the Agona Swedru municipal hospital has recorded over 200 preterm babies out of 4,443 babies born this year.

The causes of preterm babies can be either natural or poor genetic constitution of young pregnant patients. Such babies are usually delivered between 32 weeks and 34 weeks, instead of 37 weeks of normal pregnancy.

He also advised the pregnant women to keep breastfeeding their new born babies.

“Preterm becomes an issue because babies are not fully developed to adapt to their new environment.” he stressed.

Over 140,000 premature children are born in Ghana annually.

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Swedru Government Hospital laboratory in crisis

The Laboratory Department of the Agona Swedru Municipal Government Hospital has ceased performing its critical functions following the breakdown of the Hematology and Biochemistry Analyzer machines over two months ago.

The breakdown of the two important machines has impacted negatively on the daily attendance at the Out Patient Department (OPD) of the hospital.

Mr Andrews Adjei Annan, Head of Laboratory Department of the Hospital in an interview at Agona Swedru said that patients, mostly pregnant women and others with various diseases which laboratory tests are required are referred to private laboratories.

He said basic laboratory investigations carried out on pregnant women who are due for labour and surgery at the theater or on admission at maternity ward cannot be done.

Mr Annan said these machines are also used to check the new born babies and mothers who were in critical condition in order to refer to doctors for emergency treatment.

He said the laboratory work has become very difficult due to the malfunctioning machines.

Mr Annan said the two machines were donated by the National AIDS Control Programme in 2009 and needed immediate replacement to care for clients of the health facility.

Mr Annan said the management of the hospital has officially written to Central Regional Health Directorate about the state of the machines.

He appealed to Non-Governmental Organizations, financial institutions and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the hospital.

Source: GNA