GHS launches weekly scientific publication

Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare

Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) yesterday launched a weekly scientific publication dubbed ‘Ghana Weekly Epidemiological Report’ (GWER), to disseminate its epidemiological works and findings.

The GWER will publish a wide range of topics on the service’s scientific activities such as outbreak reports including preliminary reports of ongoing investigations, notes from the field, policy notes and announcements from all district and regional health directorates.

The Director General of the Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare who launched the report in Accra said the report would primarily focus on epidemiological works of the GHS and outcomes of interventions provided.

Epidemiology is the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other health related factors.

The weekly report would according to the Director General help the public understand the service better  saying “it will make it possible to bring the science of conditions affecting the population to the attention of the general public as it happens.

“Unlike the Ghana Medical Journal which is a society journal, the GWER would provide an opportunity for every health care provider to share with the scientific community the work they do as individuals, as districts and as regions,” he said.

Dr Chastity Walker, a Director from the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) commended the GHS for making the GWER a success.

“In public health surveillance, the collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of health related data serves as the foundation of public health practice,” she said.

She stated that the CDC was presently working with Ghana and other countries to help meet the goals of the International Health Regulations (IRH), while addressing today’s global health security concerns.

The IRH regulations requires that all countries have the ability to detect, access, report and respond to public health events.

Dr Walker said the CDC Ghana looks forward to a continued collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the GHS to provide in-country technical assistance support, the analysis and epidemiology training.

Dr Bedu Sarkodie, Director for Public Health at the GHS said the service had created a website where all editions of the report may be assessed.

He said a mobile application and social media account would also be created to make the reports more accessible.

The GWER is being supported by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation of the United States and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative.

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey      

 

 

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