Category: Health

LaDMA HEALTH DIRECTORATE SCREENED 127 PEOPLE FOR VARIOUS HEALTH CONDITIONS.

The Health Directorate of La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) in conjunction with International SOS marked this year’s World Malaria Day Celebration under the theme: Advance equity, build resilience end malaria’ at the forecourt of the La Multi-Purpose Market in the Greater Region.Responding to questions, the director of La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Health Directorate Dr Adwoa Wilson said the world Malaria Day is remembered worldwide yearly on 25th April to recount the achievements and challenges in the fight against malaria globally.

She mentioned that malaria is a disease that affects all populations and is of great concern to many countries mostly African countries as they struggle to reduce its burden on the general population.

According to Dr Adwoa Wilson, children below the ages of five years and pregnant women are at a greater risk of the ailment. The health director stated that the goal for the celebration was to raise awareness on the urgent need for action and targeted scale-up of existing and new tools, such as new long lasting and insecticide treated nets and the RTS, S vaccine as well as data –led strategies.

Rendering her account, Dr Adwoa Wilson, the municipal health director said 127 people screened for various health conditions including malaria, blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 vaccination, and child growth monitoring. She said, all positive clients were counselled and referred to the La Polyclinic for case management.

Dr Adwoa Wilson urged the participants to avoid self-medication, which she described as very dangerous. 

LA DADE-KOTOPON MUNICIPAL HEALTH DIRECTORATE CELEBRATES WORLD MALARIA DAY 2022 WITH INTERNATIONAL SOS

On 25th April, 2022, the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Health Directorate in collaboration with International SOS organized the World Malaria Day celebration at the New La Market. The event aimed to raise awareness on the urgent need for action to scale up existing and new tools to combat malaria, such as the Long Lasting and Insecticide Treated Nets and the RTS, S vaccine, as well as data-led strategies, under the theme “Advance Equity. Build Resilience. End Malaria.”

Malaria is a disease that affects all populations and remains a significant concern, particularly for African countries. Children under five years of age and pregnant women are at a greater risk of the disease.

The primary objective of the event was to achieve a 90% reduction in malaria mortality and a 50% reduction in malaria incidence by 2025. To this end, the following strategies were deployed:

Distribution of letters to stakeholders and organizations

Van Announcement and use of Megaphone

Radio Discussions and Sensitization

Health Talks at the OPD and all Child Welfare Clinics

The event featured a range of activities to promote health and well-being, including Rapid Diagnostic Tests for malaria, blood pressure checks, HIV screening, diet counselling, food demonstration education, Covid-19 vaccination, child growth monitoring and promotion, and health talks on Malaria, Use of LLINs, and COVID-19. A total of 127 people were screened for various health conditions, with 1 positive case of malaria, 7 positive cases of high blood pressure, and 3 positive cases of HIV/AIDS identified. All positive clients were counselled and referred to the La Polyclinic for case management.

The community members appreciated the initiative to hold the event within the community. The La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Health Directorate expressed its gratitude to International SOS for donating medical equipment and other logistics to support health service delivery to the communities.

Together, through targeted interventions and coordinated efforts, we can advance equity, build resilience, and end malaria.

 

 

LA DADE-KOTOPON MUNICIPAL HEALTH DIRECTORATE – HEALTH PROMOTION UNIT REPORT ON 2ND NATIONAL COVID-19 VACCINATION DAYS CAMPAIGN

The LA Dade-Kotopon Municipal Health Directorate conducted the 2nd National COVID-19 Vaccination Days Campaign from 21st – 26th April, 2022. The campaign covered the entire municipality, with several vantage points created for easy access by the community members. Some of the points include child welfare clinics, house-to-house visits, corporate organizations, embassies, private clinics, schools, and beaches.

The target audience for the campaign was individuals aged 15 years and above, and a total of 3301 people were vaccinated, with 1695 receiving their first dose, 750 receiving their second dose, and 856 receiving their first booster dose.

Objectives of the campaign were to increase vaccine uptake and demand in the municipality, address vaccine hesitancy and preference issues in collaboration with local stakeholders, and respond promptly to rumors using behavior change communication within the municipality and correct rising misconceptions.

Several activities and strategies were deployed during the campaign, including distribution of letters to stakeholders and organizations, radio discussions on Radio LATENU, jingles played in the local dialect (GA) throughout the six-day campaign, van announcements, volunteers megaphone street announcements, market storm on COVID-19 safety protocols and the need to be vaccinated, community engagement meetings with organized groups and associations to increase awareness, and monitoring and supervision of activities.

Achievements during the campaign included effective one-on-one (house-to-house) engagement, printing of five SBCC materials (banners) for COVID-19 vaccination campaign, and some organizations inviting the health directorate to vaccinate their workers.

However, several challenges were encountered, including refusals of vaccine (AEFI), lack of compliance since wearing of nose masks is no longer mandatory, hesitancy by pregnant women, need for community volunteers to have name tags or aprons for easy identification, and insufficient funds for programs.

The health directorate recommends that higher authorities should make vaccination cards mandatory to increase vaccination rates.

DR ADWOA WILSON URGED GHANAIANS TO SEEK EARLY TREATMENT OF TB

The Municipal Health Directorate of the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World Tuberculosis Day with the people of the municipality to raise an awareness of the disease, which is the second killer to COVID-19.According to Dr Adwoa Wilson, the municipal health director of La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly the death statistics of tuberculosis remains as one of the public health threat in Ghana and globally. She mentioned that the WHO report on TB shows that the disease is the second leading communicable killer globally after COVID-19. She urged individual to seek early treatment to prevent complication.

Answering questions, Dr Adwoa Wilson mentioned that the district recorded 59 cases in 2021. She said between the months of January 2022 to March 2022, the district recorded 13 cases.The La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Health Directorate in collaboration with La Polyclinic and TB Unit marked the World TB Day on Thursday March 24, 2022 at La Maamli Taxi Rank theme:’ INVEST TO END TB, SAVE LIVES’ Fifty participants screened on TB, sugar testing, and blood pressure check.

The Municipal Health Director of La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA), Dr Adwoa Wilson has entreated the general public not to lose sight of the COVID-19 pandemic as it has come to stay like other infectious disease globally and  advised Ghanaians to continues adhere to the COVID-19 protocols.

LaDMA Gets Alternative Health Facility

LaDMA has been making significant strides in providing essential healthcare services to its citizens. In January 2022, the La General Hospital, one of the most critical healthcare facilities in the municipality, faced an impending threat of demolition. This development necessitated LaDMA to intervene to provide a new facility for the hospital staff to enable them to continue operations.

The need to expand the hospital facility became more pressing, prompting LaDMA to provide support to improve the hospital’s infrastructure. The Assembly’s commitment to healthcare provision has made it a reliable partner for the citizens of LaDMA. The hospital has become one of the key health institutions providing services to the community, serving the LaDMA population with the highest level of care.

LaDMA is aware of the importance of healthcare services in promoting the overall well-being of its people. The municipality is committed to ensuring that its citizens have access to quality healthcare services. The La General Hospital has been able to provide this much-needed service to the people of LaDMA, thanks to the Assembly’s unwavering support.

The new hospital facility is a testament to LaDMA’s commitment to providing the best healthcare services to its citizens. It is equipped with modern equipment and has a team of highly skilled medical personnel who are committed to providing the highest level of care to patients.

In conclusion, LaDMA has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to providing quality healthcare services to its citizens. The Assembly’s support for the La General Hospital is a clear indication of its dedication to ensuring that its people have access to the best healthcare services. The provision of a new facility for the hospital staff is a clear indication of LaDMA’s resolve to provide essential services to its citizens.

LADMA PARTNERS GLOBAL WELLNESS MISSION TO EDUCATE PUBLIC ON HEALTHY LIVING

The La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly together with the Global Wellness Mission held a program at La Apaapa on June 26, 2021 to educate the public on the importance of eating nutritious foods.

Speaking at the program, the La South sub metro head and a Public Health Nurse, madam Ethel noted that the public education on nutritional eating could help reduce the prevalence rate of non-communicable diseases in our community and the country as a whole..

Guest speaker, Madam Barikisu, a nutrition officer at Ga South East Municipal Health Directorate enlightened the people on “healthy nutrition lifestyle”, by elaborating on what to do to stay healthy and to prevent future diseases that are nutrition related.

La Dade Kotopon Municipal Health Directorate Nutrition Officer, Madam Agatha Klevor, urged the people to include the ‘4 STAR DIET’ which are legumes, protein source and oils, staples, vegetables and fruits in their day to day meals.

There were in display locally made natural drinks (zonkum, tropical mix, sobolo, pineapple and ginger) to create awareness to discourage people to stop drinking the artificial and carbonated drinks which contains mostly color, high amount of sugar and perseverative which can lead to liver and kidney problems.

The program ended with a health screening and aerobics for the community members. They were screened for their blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, to ascertain their health status.

SECOND JAB OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE, LADMA

     The second Jab of the Covid-19 Vaccine commenced at the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly LaDMA over the last weekend, people around the municipality approached the assembly for the second jab of the Covid-19 Vaccine.  They were all masked up uttering their readiness for the vaccination. The health officials advised the participants to eat well enough to avoid any complications after the second jab.

Health Official, Christiana Otoo (supervisor, La North) stated that the exercise had moved on well despite a few challenges they faced on the first day but the subsequent days had them moving well with the system. So far so good as compared to the first, jab.

     According to the supervisor, the first jab recorded about 16,000 people with same number expected for the second jab. She said the impact of the second jab was mild, as most of them had not made any complaints yet because the antigens had already formed after the first jab of the vaccination. 

Speaking with Evangelina Adjei (Public health nurse), she stated, “we first ask whether the person has eaten because we don’t want to inject the vaccine on an empty stomach.”

She further stated that most complaints they had during the first jab were; headaches, fever and dizziness. She therefore advised the public to consume more fruits and vegetables to boost their immune system.

     Speaking with Mrs Naomi Adjeley after her second jab she stated that she had experienced few body pains and fever after the first jab and was yet to witness the effects of the second jab.Mrs Ofori expressed that she had no effect after both jabs of the vaccine and that it is safe for all.

Mr Aboya also narrated his experience stating that after the first vaccine he experienced slight pains in his arms, dizziness and recovered after a few days. He urged the public to take part in the exercise because there are no severe side effects of the jab as circulated by some Ghanaians