According to her, the primary motive was to make the region a place of assurance, most especially where pregnant women would travel from other regions for safe delivery.
Ms. Sarpong, who was speaking at the maiden edition of Community-based Health and Planning Services (CHPS) stakeholders’ forum in Koforidua, noted however, that for that to be achieved, there was the need to empower the community and households to own and take responsibility of their own health.
She said trained community health officers would be assigned to communities in deprived sub-districts in order to bring health services close to the communities and intensify the education on the need to seek medical attention frequently.
She indicated that many pregnant women die at the time of delivery due to the trauma they go through at home and expressed the belief that assigning trained health officers to every community would help improve health services.
Dr. Sarpong also called on all stakeholders to collaborate with community health workers to ensure that quality health service was provided to the public.
The Eastern Regional Co-ordinator of CHPS, Augustina Nartey, who welcomed the participants, said the purpose was to advocate for support from key stakeholders to effectively implement CHPS in the region.
The forum which brought together participants from the education sector, Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Ghana Red Cross Society, the media, NGOs and religious bodies was also aimed at inviting key stakeholders serve as mouth pieces to improve upon the health of the populace.
From David Kodjo, Koforidua.