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Health in Upper East improves

2010-11-17 21:39:52
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The Upper East Health Sector has received improvement with the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme in 2004.

Mr Nicholas N Nayembil, a retired educationist said the Scheme has enabled many people receive treatment quickly at the hospitals. He said this during the Upper East at 50 celebrations when he delivered a speech on the topic," Upper East Region -A Historical Perspective."

According to him, the Region, which used to have only three hospitals at Bolgatanga, Navrongo and Bawku now has three additional hospitals at Sandema in the Builsa District, Bongo District and Bawku West District.

In addition there are three clinics, health centres at Binaba, Garu, Widana, Nangodi, Pwalugu, Tongo, Zuarungu, Sherigu, Datoku, Sakoti among

Mr Nayembil said before 2000, there was no programme for eradication of some common diseases but the training of health personal under the Integrated Disease Surveillance Response has provided a lasting solution to the problem.

"For the eradication of polio the Integrated Disease Response started in 1996 is still functioning. The National Immunization Day has been going on for the eradication of diseases".

He said Upper East Region which used to be the highest endemic area of leprosy in the country during the 1960’s and 70’s is now under control adding that Guinea worm; measles, leprosy, malaria, TB, yaws and HIV are under control.

Mr Nayembil said with the use of multi-drug therapy recommended by the World Health Organization, the "Upper East Region is one of the least Regions with leprosy cases in the country."

He said by the end of December 2009, the Regional elimination was 0.76 per cent, leaving only Bongo, Builsa and Bolgatanga districts in the Region which are still hit with the endemic.

Mr Nayembil hoped the three endemic districts would reach the elimination point and the Region would be free of leprosy.


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