By: Edna A. Quansah, GNA
Accra, July 15, GNA - The Ensign College of Public Health (ECPH) in the lower Manya Krobo District has launched a health project dubbed health 2 Go (H2Go) as part of activities to commemorate its maiden congregation to be held on Saturday, July 16.
The programme aligns with the Ghana Health Services national strategy of helping improve access to healthcare in communities and targets children under 5 years of age, their families and the community, dubbed ‘‘Strengthening Public Health Education in Ghana: the case of ECPH’’.
It is also to establish a fully operational model of H2Go and to understand how it impacts the health of the community to bridge the formal healthcare system and the community, as well as introduce additional assets and resources in the community, designed to reduce childhood mortality and morbidity.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, the Municipal Director of Health Service in the District, Mrs. Irina Ofei said, the H2Go will encourage the communities to take responsibility for their population through community engagement to promote health, reduce environmental risks and improve health behaviour to create positive health outcome.
She expressed gratitude to the organisers for the efforts and resources spent on the project and assured that her outfit will work hard to ensure that the H2Go project becomes fully operational and achieve its set targets and goals.
Mrs. Ofei said she is envisioning communities free of diseases, particularly among women and children under five years of age.
‘‘Our dream is to see communities where women are empowered and equipped with basic knowledge on their health, especially child health and continuously strive to improve and reduce child mortality. We believe that we can change our communities by positively impacting them’’.
The Dean of ECPH Dr. Christopher N. Tetteh admonished that as a country, the citizenry should not be concerned about disasters, accidents, and heartbreaking news and events but rather be worried about things that will develop the nation.
He said ECPH is determined to be a different and was committed to the students and also ensure discipline.
The ECPH was established in 2014, with the vision to become a prominent public health institution, a standard bearer of excellence in the community to promote public health in Africa and also committed to improving the health of the population locally and beyond.