STORY: Samuel Duodu, Nsawkaw
THE Tain District Directorate of Health Services has established standardised laboratories at the Nsawkaw and Banda-Ahenkro health centres to help curb tuberculosis and other diseases in the district.
The District Director of Health Services, Dr Gladstone Kesse, made this known at an end-of-year health review meeting for 2007 at Nsawkaw, the district capital.
According to Dr Kesse, the establishment of the laboratories would improve health delivery in the district.
He expressed concern about the level of malaria in the district in spite of the various interventions to bring the disease under control.
Dr Kesse stated that malarial cases in children under five increased from 7,420 in 2006 to 10,939 in 2007 while in the case of pregnant women, they decreased from 7,717 to 871 during the same period.
He called for an intensive use of treated mosquito nets by children under five and pregnant women.
Dr Kesse appealed to the district assembly and other stakeholders to help improve infrastructure and logistics at the various health centres in the district.
In a speech read on his behalf the District Chief Executive, Mr Emmanuel Owusu, said the assembly was committed to improving the health needs of the people.
He said four nursing students were being sponsored by the assembly as part of efforts to improve the quality of personnel at the various health centres.
Mr Owusu stated that the Nsawkaw Health Centre would soon be given a major facelift to enhance health delivery in the district.