The Ag. Upper West Regional Minister, Hon. Amidu Chinnia Issahaku has appealed to the coalition of NGOS in health in the Upper West Region to intensify their advocacy works on mental health and teenage pregnancy in the Region.
He said cases of teenage pregnancies are on the rise and it is important to reduce it and if possible stop it. Regarding mental Health, Hon Amidu Chinnia said not much advocacy has been done in that area. He called on the coalition to intensify its advocacy on mental health issues since the human right of mental health patients are been violated especially at homes and treatment centres.
He made this call when he addressed the 2017 annual performance review and learning conference of the Ghana Coalition of NGO’s on health on the theme “mobilizing communities for increase access and utilization of immunization service, the role of CSO in the Upper West Region”. He urged the various CSO operating in rural areas to sensitize the public on the importance of immunization especially against the six  childhood killer diseases and other deadly diseases that can be prevented through the use of vaccines.
On his part, the Regional chairman for the coalition of NGOs in health in the Upper West Region Mr. Dintie Tahini Sule said two major activities were carried out in collaboration with Ghana health service. These were the sexual Reproductive health education and improved immunization program which was carried out in seven  districts of the Region.
Mr Dintie Sule said the main aim of the review was to cross fertilize ideas that will bring about quality health care delivery in the Region.
He pleaded with Ghana Health Service to however give the coalition ample room to contribute to the new CHPS policies that will soon be rolled out.
SOURCE: JULIUS DUDIMAH