Health facilities and services
Health care delivery in the district is the responsibility of the District Health Directorate. However the primary health delivery is supported by churches and NGOs. The Salvation Army Mission for example, has constructed a health post located about one mile away from Ba. They offer services in maternal and child health, family planning, cases of malnutrition as well as treatment of minor infections and communicable diseases.The Catholic Mission and WVI (World Vision International) are among the partners in health facility provision.
Almost all the nine area councils and its surrounding communities except Ajumako, had problems with the available infrastructure and services provision. In most of the community clinics the concerns were (1) to extend it to their very deprived surrounding communities, and (2) to beef-up the staff strength and ability of the current ones to ensure an all-days service and good patient treat. In Etsi-Sonkwaa for example, this inadequate staff and the poor human relations of health staff has resulted in almost zero-patronage.
Most of the community members even though have immotorable roads prefer walking long distances before accessing hospitals at Breman-Asikuma, Essiam, Mankesim and Ajumako. a minimum of 7km and 5hours waiting time instead. The seriousness of the situation is seen when there is an emergency. The need for upgrading all the community clinics can thus not be overemphasized. Sonkwaa, Mando, Abaasa and Ba are among the zones critically in need of these provisions.
(National Health Insurance Scheme) and HIV/AIDS
A policy provision to make health delivery more affordable to the populace is the National Health Insurance Scheme. This scheme has local level units to aid smooth implementation and a very wide coverage. The success of the District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme in the AEED is quite impressive. It is interesting to note that, the local level implementation committee and its managers have covered about 90% of the total number of committees in the district. A total of 18.648 people have been registered accruing a total premium of One hundred and fifteen million cedis (0115,000,000) since 26th July, 2005 (when the scheme was launched) to the end of December, 2006.
This amount was further supplemented by the remittance of three hundred and ninety-two million, five hundred and thirty-three thousand cedis (0392,533.333) from the National Health Insurance Council in that same year. Reported cases of HIV/AIDS appear to be reducing from 10 cases in 1999, eleven (11) in 2000, and only one (1) case in 2002. However, these have steadily increased from 2004 to 2005.
It is worth noting here that, these figures do not tell the full story of HIV/AIDS in the district since the existing health centers are under equipped to meet up the challenge of the pandemic in the district. This makes it extremely difficult to capture and monitor such cases. There is a need for an upgrading of the Ajumako health centre into a hospital to improve its efficiency in health delivery especially in handling HIV/AIDS in the district. Further a continuous district-wide intensification of education can help reduce the incidence on sexual behavior.
Date Created : 11/14/2017 2:33:11 AM