By Kwame Asare Boadu, Manso Nkwanta
EFFECTIVE implementation of the Community Based Health Planning and Services (CHIPS) programme by the Amansie West District Assembly has received commendation from the management of the programme.
Mr Santua Niagia, the communications adviser of CHPIS said the district had performed creditably and needed to be encouraged to do more for the benefit of the people.
He was speaking at a day’s meeting with representatives of five districts from the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions currently engaged in the programme.
The districts are Ahafo Ano South, Bosomtwe, and Amansie West all in the Ashanti Region, and the Asutifi and Sene districts in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He noted that CHIPS is the bedrock of the Ghana Health Service’s strategy to improve access to primary health care services in the communities.
District Chief Executives, Presiding Members, District Disease Control Officers, Community Development Officers, District Planning Officers and chairpersons of Social Services Sub Committees of the assemblies attended the meeting.
Mr Niagia called on communities that are benefiting from CHIPS to take advantage of it to help reduce infant and maternal deaths.
Mr Ben Kwakye-Adeefe, the DCE for Amansie West, said effective collaboration between the district assemblies and the health authorities could ensure the continued success of the programme.
He stressed the need for the implementing districts to continue to collaborate and share ideas for the success of the programme.
Mr Kwakye-Adeefe disclosed that the district assembly had completed 12 clinics, eight of them operating the CHIPS.
The participants suggested to CHIPS to use the Amansie West District as a study centre for future CHIPS programmes in the northern sector of the country.