The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Health Directorate is positioning itself to meet health challenges envisaged as a result of the oil find, Dr. Teddy Avotri, the Metropolitan Director of Health Services has said.

He said at the opening ceremony of a two-day Annual Performance Review Conference of the Metropolitan Health Directorate at Takoradi on Thursday.

Dr. Avotri said the Directorate had factored some infrastructural projects at selected health facilities including the Takoradi Hospital and the New Takoradi Health Centre in its medium term development plans.

He said challenges envisaged included health hazards arising from oil spillage, burn accidents, HV/AIDS and teenage pregnancies.

Dr. Avotri said the Directorate had divided the Metropolis into 16 health zones and each zone has a Community Based Health Service (CHIPS) compound.

He said presently 11 CHIPS compounds had been established with nine in operation.

Dr. Avotri said CHIP compounds are to bring health care closer to the people and there was the need to upgrade them for urban areas to benefit from the project.

He said all health facilities in the Metropolis are running diabetes clinics and plans were underway to establish hypertension clinics at the facilities.

He said drug abuse was on the increase and that more women were involved than men. GNA

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