The Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Andy Osei Okrah, has inspected major hospital projects in the region to ascertain progress of work.
The facilities inspected include the Military Hospital and the Ashanti Regional Hospital at Afari in the Nwabiagya District and Sewua in the Bosomtwe District respectively.
The Minister expressed his profound gratitude to the managers and workers at the sites for the steady progress, which, he said, is encouraging, and indicated that the said projects could be completed by the second quarter of 2017.
According to him, the projects are the demonstration of the government creating direct and indirect jobs for the people, especially, the youth, since the two hospitals could employ most of the young professionals to help reduce the unemployed population.
Mr. Edi Maged Nour, Construction Manager at the Regional Hospital project at Sewua, also stated that the project would be completed as scheduled in the second quarter of 2017, and that about 200 local people had been employed at the site.
Meanwhile, the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has launched one of its modules ‘e-Health Technical Assistant’, recruiting over 1,000 youth to handle medical records and collection of patients’ data across the country.
The YEA e-Health Technical Assistant (ETA) module is being rolled out in collaboration with the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign, and supported by the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service.
The module aims at fast-tracking Ghana’s strides towards achieving universal health coverage and meeting the increasing data demands under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking at the official launch of the module, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Kobina Beecham, explained that the ETAs would help strengthen community health data handling processes, to facilitate prompt decision-making for improved health.
According to him: “The module will also contribute to YEA’s quest to create job opportunities for the youth in Ghana, and contribute to the SDG Eight of promoting full and productive employment and decent work for all.”
Chief Nat Ebo Nsarko, Country Director, One Million Community Health Workers (1Mchw) project, revealed that his outfit has donated 500 state-of-the-art ICT tablets, 500 uniforms, and 1,000 knapsacks to the beneficiaries.
He reiterated their commitment to supporting the agency with technical support and logistics.
The e-Health technicians, he indicated, would help complement the efforts of health workers, especially those who could not go into the rural communities.
“It will help to bridge the gap between far-flung villages and healthcare that is so often centrally available, but out of reach for local inhabitants.”