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Workshop to build capacity of Ghana Police Service on data collection ends

A two-day workshop to build capacity of the Ghana Police Service and other stakeholders from the Greater Accra Region on data collection has ended at Winneba.

It aimed to build the capacity of personnel to accurately collect data on mortality resulting from road traffic, violent and external deaths, a press statement issued by the Public Relations unit of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) said.

The workshop was organised by the GSS under the auspices of the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative.

According to the GSS, analysis of mortality statistics from Ghana’s civil registration and health systems did not show the results of causes of death that were due to road traffic, violent and external causes.

The training formed part of a series of activities being carried out under the Global Grants Programme funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies under the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics arm of the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative.

Addressing the participants, Dr Fidelia Dake, Country Expert for the Global Grants Programme said, “these limitations have necessitated the training of police officers to collect data on mortality from road traffic, violent and external causes as part of routine data collection processes to augment vital statistics generated from the health and civil registration systems.”

The GSS and its partners identified that the training was timely and relevant for national and international development, particularly in the area of collecting quality data for measuring indicators for the global sustainable development goals.

It is expected that the training would help to equip police officers with the requisite skills to collect accurate statistics on road traffic, violent and external deaths to improve the quality of mortality statistics in the country.

By Times Reporter

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