On 8 October, Germany’s International Development Organisation (GIZ) and NMSI launched a €1.3 million preventive healthcare programme. The event took place at the newly-built Shai-Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa, where Dr Samuel Akaba, Director of Institutional Care Division, Ministry of Health, called on Ghanaians to be more responsible for their health. He said the race to get things done for the family could steal attention but knowing what can make “you healthy and less capable of achieving life goals and taking steps to stay healthy” is the best personal choice one can make.
Mr Hartwig Michaelson, GIZ Develop Programme Manager said that they are committed to building a healthier Ghana through development partnerships with the private sector. He said that the “Prevention is better than cure” concept was crucial to Ghana because the lack of access to preventive health measures was not only disadvantageous for the livelihood of vulnerable people but also has negative effect on the national health system and economy.
Finally, Dr Kennedy Brightson, Medical Superintendent at Dodowa Hospital, called on residents of the District and beyond to patronise the hospital’s preventive healthcare unit to check their health. The staff of the facility would provide support for “healthy patients”.
The programme will offer services for the education of infection prevention and control focusing on primary health risks, clinical screening including: body mass index, blood pressure and assessment of cardiovascular risk; education on tobacco and alcohol, and promotion of physical activity.
The launch proved to be a great success and it is hoped that the programme will become a contributing factor to reduced demand on Dodowa Hospital as well as improving healthcare in Ghana.