Ensign College which offers academic excellence in public health, on its beautiful eco-suitable learning Campus yesterday, Thursday, 14 July 2016 has started its Health 2 GO (H2GO) project in Kpong in the Lower Manya Krobo District, Eastern region.
The programme is based on the world health organisation’s strategy of integrated management of children’s illness (IMCI).
This pilot programme in partnership with Rick Haskin’s organization; Cast a Pebble, along with University of Utah, Ensign College of Public Health and Ghana Health Service aims to minimize childhood morbidity and mortality in Ghana.
It hopes to evolve into a nationwide programme building upon its sponsored relationship with Ghana Health services, as it overpasses the gap between the healthcare systems in the community.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Municipal Director of Health Service, Lower Manya Krobo, in the Eastern Region, Ghana, Mrs. Irina Ofei asserted the community’s delight to be a fraction of the health seeking project.
“The Kpong Sub Municipal and Wawase CHPS zone are delighted to be a part of this (H2GO) project that seeks to improve the health outcomes in the project communities with emphasis on reducing childhood mortality and morbidity.”
Mrs Irina Ofei said “I want to express our sincere gratitude, and we appreciate every effort, every cent spent on this project and I assure you that we will work very hard to ensure that Health 2 GO project will be fully operational and will achieve its targets and goal.”
H2GO differs from other programs in that it not only promotes education and awareness but also engages the community thus that they are self sufficient over the long-run.
H2GO will equip community health volunteers with high-quality training, provide each of them with durable bicycles to aid in transportation on very rocky terrains, and a year’s worth of medical supplies so that they are able to reach, asses and treat communities as deemed appropriate.
“Public health is for everybody, public health is about everybody,” Prof. Steve Alder, board member of ENSIGN college notes. “Public health we are global; we think about the whole community.