We will improve health status - Dr
Tema, Sept. 14, Ghanadot/GNA - Dr
Irene Akua Agyepong, Greater Accra Regional Director of
Health Services, has said the vision of the Ghana Health
Service in the region remained to improve health delivery in
Speaking at the end of the 2007 Half Year Performance Review
Meeting for public health institutions in the region, Dr
Agyepong said data quality and completeness in the region
appeared to be improving but was quick to submit that there
remained problems with the timeliness of data submission.
The two-day meeting assessed progress towards achievement of
the health sector vision, mission and strategic objectives
in Greater Accra Region.
She said data quality and completeness in the region
appeared to be improving but was quick to add that there
remained problems with the timeliness of date submission.
On human resource management, the Regional Director said it
was also experiencing some level of improvement because at
the regional office all human resources records were fully
Dr Agyepong noted that though relatively better resourced
than other regions in Ghana, in terms of human resources,
Greater Accra was still had problems.
"This is not the least so, because of its rapid population
growth rate, especially in the periphery surrounding Accra."
On the Mutual Health Insurance Scheme, she said it was
regrettable that the scheme in the region continued to owe
the clinics and the hospitals large amounts in unpaid bills.
She mentioned Dangme East and Ashiedu Keteke as the two
exceptional areas that had cleared most of their outstanding
On diseases Dr Agyepong said malaria remained the most
frequently reported disease at outpatient departments in all
primary care clinics in the region.
Dr George Acquaye, Medical Superintendent in charge of the
Ridge Hospital in Accra, said during the period under
review, the most frequent recorded cause of death at the
hospital was malaria, followed by hypertension and its
Dr Acquaye said Ridge Hospital maintained its high bed
occupancy rate of near 90 per cent, adding that referrals to
the hospital were steadily increasing.