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Zebilla District Rewards 15 Health Staff

2006-02-21 14:15:45
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THE Zebilla District Directorate of Health Services has honoured 15 health personnel for their dedication and commitment.

At an end-of-year ceremony on Saturday, the award winners were given various prizes including suitcases, bicycles, gas stoves and television sets for their meritorious service.

In an address, Rosemond Azure, District Director of Health Services, cautioned health personnel to desist from releasing official motorbikes to non-staff for their personal gain at the expense of the state.

She said the practice had resulted in transportation problems for health personnel on outreach programmes to remote paths of the district.

Ms Azure urged the personnel to handle the few motorbikes at their disposal well to reduce maintenance cost

She commended them for working hard in spite of inadequate staff to gain a respectable image for the service and urged them to continue to strive for excellence.

The District Chief Executive, Mr Moses Abaare Appiah, identified a number of projects being implemented by the district assembly to attract and retain health personnel and to improve health care delivery.

The projects include accommodation, streetlights and a standby generator for the Zebilla Hospital and water supply to the Binaba Health Centre.

He said the assembly was sponsoring the training of 33 nurses as part of efforts to address the acute shortage of staff as well as to reduce pressure on those at post.

The DCE noted that the number of people registering for the health insurance scheme, which began last December, was not encouraging and urged the operators to intensify their campaign to register more people.

The Medical Superintendent of the Zebilla Hospital, Dr. William Gudu, acknowledged the hard work of the staff under trying conditions leading to the District Hospital being adjudged the best in the Upper East Region and the second best in the country.

He said in spite of those laudable achievements, the hospital faces difficult challenges including lack of an Isolation Ward, catering and laundry facilities, poor road network and encroachment on its land, and appealed to the assembly for assistance to fence the hospital.

He said 2,832 in-patients and 22,353 outpatients attended the hospital last year as compared to 2,465 and 21,647 in 2004.

source: Times

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