Airtel Ghana is embarking on a regional campaign drive in partnership with the Ministry of Health to support Community Health Workers by empowering them with mobile phones. The community health programme is an initiative by the Ghana Health Services and Ministry of Health aimed at providing on the ground health-care to inhabitants of the community.
The phones, which will be distributed to the CHPS compounds in the Eastern and Volta Regions respectively is to facilitate communications between the health centers and health workers in the execution of their duties.
Donald Gwira, Head of Corporate Affairs, said ?Using mobile phones to improve access to health care is a promising innovation in the development sector today. By using this technique, more people especially those in the most disadvantaged communities will have easier access to the needed health care?.
He added, ?These mobile lines will be put in a Close User Group service so that calls made on the network between health centres and health workers in the execution of their duties will be free?. In effect, bringing service delivery closer to the communities which need it most.
Presenting 343 sim cards and phones on behalf of Airtel Ghana was Zonal Business Manager for Ashanti Region, Abubakari Halidu and accepting the items, the Deputy Director of Public Health for Ashanti Region, Dr. Joseph Oduro.
In a related development Airtel Ghana also represented by Zonal Business Manager for Eastern and Volta Regions, Walter Tabi-Debbrah presented 304 sim cards and phones to Dr. Mrs Charity Sarpong, Director of Ghana Health Services, Koforidua.
They both thanked Airtel Ghana for the kind gestures. It will be recalled that Airtel Ghana has since the commencement of the campaign donated 132 phones to the Ghana Health Services in the Upper East Region.