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Health News Thu, 14 May 2009

Health Assistants urged to reach out to residents in remote areas

Twifo Praso (C/R), May 14, GNA - Professor Kingsley Buah-Bassuah, Head of the Department of Physics at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) on Wednesday urged the authorities of the Twifo Praso Health Assistants Training School to consider the introduction of mobile clinic to help combat epidemics and other diseases in the rural and remote areas. He said such clinics would not only help those in the remote parts of the country to access health care at their doorsteps but also enable health assistants to gain more experience during their training. Prof Buah-Bassuah who was speaking at the official opening of the Twifo Praso Health Assistants Training Schol said the School was set up to train more health assistants to beef up the inadequate health staff to boost health care delivery particularly in the rural areas. He urged the trainees to reciprocate the investment made by the government with the tax payers' money by delivering quality services to patients, adding that their performance on the field would facilitate the upgrading of the School to a degree-awarding institution. The programme coincided with the matriculation of 225 students as well as the inauguration of stakeholders association for the School. Madam Ama Benyiwa-Doe, Central Regional Minister tasked them to make discipline their hallmark because without discipline no society will thrive better and progress.

She further asked the students to observe school rules and regulations stressing that their dressing, regular attendance to lecture and participation in social and academic activities will help them to develop holistically to fit into society. Madam Benyiwa-Doe said the government placed much premium on the provision of quality health care for the people and would ensure that it was accessible and affordable for every citizen, adding that it was for that reason that the government was considering reviewing the National Health Insurance Law.

She commended the principal and staff of the school for accepting to work in a deprived area and urged them to continue to produce professionals who would subsequently contribute to the development of the nation.

Mrs Joyce Abaka Quansah, the Principal of the School said the school which is a community initiated facility is the only tertiary institution in the District and gave the assurance that it would do its best to serve the people of the community. She thanked all the stakeholders of the School for their commitment and support but noted that the School was still in need of residential accommodation for staff, adding hall, a bus and toilet facilities and called for assistance from both governmental and non-governmental bodies.

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Nana Amoah Sasraku II, Omanhene of Hemang Traditional Area, who presided expressed gratitude to the stakeholders of the school for their support and appealed to them for more assistance. In a related development Madam Benyiwa-Doe paid a courtesy call on the staff and students of Nyankumasi Ahenkro Senior High School in the Assin South District where she donated 200 bags of cement to the school to aid the construction of staff quarters. The Assin South District Assembly also donated 50 bags to support the project.

She commended the teachers for their dedication and hard work and urged them to help the students come out with good result. Mrs Sabina Appiah Kubi, District Chief Executive pledged the Assembly's support to ensure the early completion of the project, adding that, she would do her best for the development of the District. Mrs. Paulina Nyanka, Headmistress of the school thanked the Minister and Assembly, saying the cement will be put to good use. 14 May, 09

Source: GNA