Lack of potable water affects CHPS cpds

Participants at the workshop,

Participants at the workshop,

Lack of potable water at seven Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in four districts in the Western region is affecting health care delivery.

The facilities located in Bodi, Juaboso, Nzema East and Mporhor rely on rivers and rain harvested water for both patients and the health care providers

Dr Chris Guure of the School of Public Health of the University of Ghana disclosed this in his presentation on the topic “Scorecard process: scoring framework tool analysis” during a reproductive health workshop in Accra Thursday.

The programme organised by the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) was aimed at presenting finding on the two months assessment of control management and prevention of malaria in the four districts in the Western region.

It was also to help stakeholders in the health sector to brain storm on the assessment and seek ways in making recommendations to assist the sector.

Participants were drawn from the Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Health, National Malaria Control Programme and other stakeholders from the health sector.

Dr Guree urged community leaders, organisations and philanthropists to help provide portable water for such CHPS compounds to help them in health care delivery.

The Programmes Manager of ARHR, a Non Governmental Organisation into Health, Nii Ankonu Sarpei, in his remarks said malaria remained a serious health problem threatening the lives of many, especially pregnant women and children.

He said malaria control required partnership among community members, families ,individuals and health providers to reduce the vulnerability of communities to malaria and increase response by health system to improve quality of care.

Mr Sarpei said ARHR through social accountability mechanism was working to increase knowledge on malaria prevention, treatment, management control and advocate for improved primary health care.

By Anita Nyarko Yirenkyie

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