By Simmons Yussif Kewura
120 Health Extension Workers (HEW) under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) have been inducted into office at Kodie, the capital of the Afigya-Kwabre District of the Ashanti Region.
The health workers, drawn from the two constituencies of the district, Kwabre West and Afigya, according to the Regional Coordinator of the NYEP, Mr. Omar Ibrahim Nyamiye, would have two months theory and four months practical training to adequately prepare them for their designated roles at the various health facilities in the district.
According to the Regional Coordinator, all the districts in the Ashanti Region had inducted theirs, and it was only the Afigya-Kwabre that had delayed, because of problems.
He charged the workers to be of good behaviour, since the sector they were preparing to enter needed people with discipline and good character.
Mr. Omar told the health workers that they would be made to abide by the code of ethics of the health profession, and for that matter, they must from today, begin to learn how to adopt the health workers code of ethics.
He told them that they were going to be trained by staff of the Ghana Health Service, which would definitely demand that they adjust to the new environment they were going to find themselves in.
Mr. Omar said the health sector was so pure that if any of them with obnoxious character, would not fit into the profession, adding, “You must learn all aspects of the health profession to help sustain in the work.”
The Ashanti Regional Coordinator advised the workers to avoid political affiliations, and prepare towards serving the country, adding, “the NDC government is not interested in recruiting only NDC members for jobs under NYEP, but only looking for hardworking Ghanaians.”
He urged them to make a mark for themselves, but not to collapse the programme.
The Afigya-Kwabre District Coordinator, Mr. Seth Atanga, on his part, urged them to cooperate with their trainers, adding that being late for training would not be tolerated.
The Afigya-Kwabre District Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Mr. Thomas Tawiah Abbey, inaugurating the health workers, told them that they were not going to be only in the wards, but some of them would be serving on the field.
According to the Director, they would be given the necessary information regarding their work as health extension officers, with a general training in the health sector.
He disclosed that the district had about ten health facilities, with only one district hospital at Ankaasase, and two private hospitals at Mowire and Afrancho.
Mr. Abbey revealed that the district was also putting up two CHPS compounds in the district, where some of them may be asked to serve.