KoKMA adjudged the best performing Municipal Health Directorate in Greater-Accra for 2023

The Greater-Accra Regional Health Directorate Annual Performance Review which had the theme: “Improving Performance and Health Outcomes Through Partnerships and Excellence in Health service Delivery” brought together representatives from the private and public health facilities, Government representatives, and stakeholders of the Ghana Health Service, to review the performance of the health sector for the year 2023.

The reason was to deliberate on the achievements of the Regional Health Directorate, challenges and to plan on the way forward to improve health care services in the Region. The Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. (Mrs). Akosua Agyeiwaa Owusu-Sarpong in her welcome address she said the year 2023 was very eventful and moderate progress was made in the health ervices and indicators, as Penta3 coverages increased from 91.2% to96.4% in 2023.

She added that reduction in neonatal mortality from 10/ 1000 live birth rate to 7/ 1000 live birth, reduction in still birth rate from125 to 111.5%. However, maternal mortality ratio is above the national target of 125/100,000 live births and some interventions have been put in place to address the high mortality.

Dr Mrs Owusu Sarpong said since it is her maiden annual review meeting for the Greater Accra Region, she wishes to use it as a base line for which to establish the fundamental issues which will guide the approach and strategies in building a strong resilient health services for the national capital and the region as a whole.

She continued by narrating that even though the institutional maternal mortality ratio declined marginally from 155/100,000 live birth in 2022 to 154/100,000 live birth in 2023, the ratio is still considerably high, relative to the national and SDG Goals. Furthermore, she also mentioned that upon resuming duty in September last year, she worked with all relevant stakeholders to introduce the maternal and perinatal health needs in the region.

“Consequently, the region has been demarcated into six zones and each zone comprises of number of district health directorates, hospital and polyclinics including private and Quasi government institutions, with the list of highly skilled professional such as Obstetricians, Gynecologist, Pediatricians, midwifes and medical scientist among others,” she said. Dr Mrs Owusu Sarpong said the results are primarily expected to share expertise and resources to improve the maternal and perinatal health outcome within the zone.

“Since the implementation of these six zones referral of cases has been made easier, sharing of logistics such as blood and blood products has improved, telemedicine’s to improve management of maternal and perinatal case and also specialists and senior officers should support management of serious cases by creating WhatsApp zonal platforms, because these strategies are helping to save the lives of our mothers and babies”, she added.

She spoke on some of the challenges the Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate was facing, and emphasized that the lack of office spaces, is making it difficult to coordinate the health service activities in the region and also the component division and units of the regional health directorate are scattered all over Accra making it difficult to monitor and supervise the work of these officers.

The 2023 holistic assessment report for Greater Accra Region was presented by the representatives from Bono regional health directorate, the results of their assessment put the Greater Accra Regional health directorate in a moderately performing Region from 3.9 in 2022 to 3.92 in 2023.

The Regional health Information Officer also displayed the Municipal, district and facility league table to show the best performing facilities and the Korle klottey Municipal Health Directorate was first on the Municipal/District league table and was therefore adjudged the best Municipal in Greater Accra Region for the second time that is for 2022 and 2023.

Madam Jennifer Andoh, the Municipal Health Director for KoKMA showed her gratitude to the Regional Health Directorate for the honor bestowed on them and also thanked the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Nii Adjei Tawiah and his team for their support and also the staff of the Municipal Health Directorate for the marvelous team work done.

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