YEA recruits 1000 for data collection

Beneficiaries  of the Youth Employment AgencyThe Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has recruited 1,000 youth under its Electronic Health Technical Assistants (ETAs) programme to assist in data collection in the health sector.

The beneficiaries who received a week’s training at the College of Health and Wellbeing in Kintampo, in the Brong Ahafo Region, will collate and transmit data into the Ghana Health Service data system across the country.

The training was jointly sponsored by the YEA and One million Community Health Worker (1mCHW) Campaign and the Ghana Health Service.

Speaking at the launch of the programme in Accra yesterday, a board member of the YEA, Mrs. Alice Attipoe, said the function of the ETAs would include registering household members, providing education for health promotions and disease prevention, case detection, defaulter tracing and referrals.

She noted that the programme was designed to improve community data handling processes, as well as bring healthcare closer to the doorsteps of the people, especially in deprived communities where access to healthcare services was extremely difficult.

Mrs. Attipoe said the ETAs would work with the District Health Information Officers to also improve community health workers’ data capture and use them under the close supervision of the YEA District Director.

The Chief Executive Officer of YEA, Mr. Kobina Beechem, noted that ETAs module would contribute to YEA’s quest to create job opportunities as it would enhance the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 of promoting full and productive employment and decent work.

He added that the ETAs would also help strengthen the community health data system handling process to facilitate prompt decision making for improved health.

The Director of 1mCHW Campaign, Chief Nat Ebo Nsarko, said the organisation had donated 500 tablets, 500 sleeve jackets and 1,000 community health workers uniforms to enhance the operations of the ETAs.

“Specifically, the donation of the items is to help improve the community-based health information component which is currently collected through a paper –based system”, he said.

 

By Bernard Benghan & Emelia Enyonam Kuleke

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