Deaconess Dr. (Mrs.) Christiana Asiedu, a Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has challenged Christian health professionals to improve health service delivery in Ghana.
According to her, each year many people die at health facilities in the country due to common preventable medical errors such as medication errors, poor communication, nosocomial infections, falls, pressure ulcers and surgical errors, among others.
“We have more Christians who are qualified and well-trained health professionals in our public health facilities yet many people who are capable of paying for their health care prefer to use private health facilities,” she said.
Deaconess Dr. Asiedu said this on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the 4th Bezalel Conference of the Men’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost which is currently taking place at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh.
Speaking on the topic: “Attitude Of Health Personnel: The Public Concern” Dr. Asiedu noted that clients safety is a global issue affecting development of countries.
She mentioned the lack of respectful care as well as poor clients and health provider relationship as some negative attitudes that undermine quality of care and the effective of care efforts.
Dr. Christiana Asiedu said that although public sector health facilities possess well trained healthcare workers, many of whom are also Christians, there are continuous reports of bad attitudes and behaviors of majority of health personnel and poor service delivery in the country.
Deaconess Dr. Christian Asiedu charged that, in this era of possessing the nations, Christian health professionals, particularly members of The Church of Pentecost in the health sector, must arise and make all efforts to improve the situation.
Touching on the role of Men in Health Service Delivery, the UCC Lecturer said that maternal mortality rate in the country could be significantly reduced when men do not neglect their pregnant spouses but provide them spiritual, financial, psychological, physical and social support.
She said that when men are involved in maternal health, it would lead to an increase in maternal access to antenatal and postnatal services, improved maternal mental health as well as the discouragement of unhealthy maternal practices of some women such as smoking.
She also urged men not to leave the health care of their children to their wives but to be also actively involved in decisions regarding their child’s healthcare.