The Kyeikrom Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Centre needs urgent attention to operate to its capacity. ATV’s crusading journalist, Akpagana-kesedovo Logah, who visited the facility in the Amenfi Central of the Western region reports that, the CHPS compound is understaffed, lacks clean water and does not operate under the National Health Insurance Scheme; a situation worsening access to quality health care delivery in the area.
The CHPS zone serves a cocoa farming area with a population of about five thousand five hundred (5500) folks residing in Kyeikrom and other surrounding communities such as, Anomatewa, Biposu, Oseikrom, Ohenekrom, Kwakuboah, Nantidie as well as other farm settlements in the catchment area. According to statistics available to ATV News, this Community-Based Health Planning Zone records an average morbidity rate of a hundred and thirty-four (134), and at least ten (10) maternity cases in monthly operations. Investigations by ATV News into the tasks of the Kyeikrom CHPS – as at filing this report – reveals that services under National Health Insurance Scheme is invalid at the facility. Patients are either forced to pay in cash for services, or leave unattended to.
Describing the situation as a threat to the health of the constituents, the Assembly Member of the area, William Koffie-Waxon says dozens of NHIS patrons were turned away on daily basis as they find it difficult to afford the cash-for-service treatment. He added that, the NHIS contract for the outfit expired back in March 2018, but the authorities have been reluctant in renewing the policy for the CHPS.
The District Health Director, Cosmos Awortyi, speaking to the news team confirmed the situation and according to him, his outfit has paid and filed all the necessary documents weeks after the contract expired, but were yet to be authorized to operate under the free health care scheme.
Access to clean water was another challenge hindering healthcare delivery at the Kyeikrom health post as the nearest borehole is situated miles away. Nurses, according to information gathered by the News team, resort to the use of bags of sachet water in emergency cases due to the absence of potable water.
Adequate personnel to run the institution was also an issue of bother at the CHIP zone. The two nurses manning the facility were finding it difficult to run the mini clinic to its full capacity as their NYA companions were discouraged by unpaid salary arrears since June 2017.
The Kyeikrom Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Centre needs urgent attention to operate to its capacity. ATV’s crusading journalist, Akpagana-kesedovo Logah visited the facility in the Amenfi Central of the Western region, and reports that, the CHPS compound is understaffed, lacks potable drinking water and does not operate under the National Health Insurance Scheme. The situation, according to ATV’s crusading journalist, Akpagana-kesedovo Logah is worsening access to quality health care delivery in the area. Ministry of Health (Ghana) The Flagstaff House #HealthCare #Prevention #NHIS NHIS GhanaRead More.. https://www.atvgh.com/amenfi-central-understaffed-chps-zone-operates/
Posted by ATV GH "Amansan Television" on Monday, April 23, 2018