The Municipal Health Director for Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region, Mr. Bidema Duut, has noted that having an efficient healthcare system requires the collective responsibility of health workers, the government and the general public.
According to the Health Director all stakeholders must therefore contribute their quota to ensure health needs of patients are consistently provided in a professional manner.
Mr. Bidema Duut made these known at a Town Hall Meeting held in Berekum, organized by the Ministry of Information in collaboration with the Information Services Department (ISD) to afford the people of the town an opportunity to demand for accountability from the assembly.
“When you visit a health facility and you complain about the attitudes of the nurses, don’t think it is only the responsibility of the health worker. How the child was trained at home, school and workplace, so when a child refuses to learn and cheat at examination and ends up as a nurse then there’s a problem. So I’m saying to mold a very good nurse, it’s a collective responsibility of everybody and nobody should just sit down and blame others for problems created by our ourselves. Those problems and attitudes are not attitudes of the profession but attitudes of the community”, he said.
He therefore appealed to the assembly and community members to collaborate with his outfit in addressing challenges such as inadequate infrastructure, inadequate staffing and poor road network which hinder healthcare delivery in the area.
For his part, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Kofi Adjei said the assembly identified health as the priority, and was investing in the construction and expansion of infrastructure of some of health institutions in district.
He mentioned the commissioning of CHPS compounds, nurses quarters and provision of water facilities at Oforikrom, Berekum, Nsapor, Amankwokwaa and Kyereyawkrom as his administration is committed to providing efficient healthcare services to residents.
He therefore called for support from the chiefs, community members and development partners for sustained development of the district.