Parents must Prioritize the Health Needs of their Children

Ghanaian parents and guardians have been urged to make the welfare of their children a priority by investing heavily in their health and education for the country to produce healthy population and propel it towards the path of growth and development.

Pastor Chris Sarpong, the Director of Recreation Home Foundation who made the call at a training workshop for stakeholders in community health in Accra said “the type of health and education we give our child will determine the type of family we produce and the type of human resources we produce to feed the productive sectors of the economy.’’

He made a passionate appeal to parents and guardians to complete the free two years life immunization programe for the child to protect them against the 13 childhood killer diseases being championed by Recreation Home Foundation in collaboration with other crucial stakeholders in the health sector.

The religious cleric opined that the failure to take advantage of the pro-child health initiative would not inure to the benefit of the child and their respective parents and guardians as they have to spend their meager financial resources to take care of the health needs of their child and its associated problem of raising a sick child.

The Director of Recreation Home Foundation who is also the pastor of Porters Recreation Chapel revealed that some parents and guardians cannot afford the medical bills of their sick child and called all stakeholders to collaborate to reverse the worrying development.

Ms. Pearl Walker of the Public Health unit of Ministry of Health also reiterated the need for mothers and care givers to take advantage of the free two years life immunization programme targeted at children from 18 months to two years against the childhood killer diseases like measles “2” and meningitis “A”. She said the programme would last for three years.

Ms Walker encouraged women in their fertile age to practice family planning while admonishing Ghanaians to make hand washing a habit.

Naa Aba Kwanor I, the queen mother of Dansoman in her delivery said the immunization initiative would benefit the whole community. She called on every body to partake in the programme urging mothers to take their pre-natal and post-natal medical examination serious.

In attendance were community health nurse workers, opinion leaders, assemblyman and queen mothers drawn from Ablekuma sub metro in the Greater Accra region.

Source: Adovor Nutifafa                                                                                                                           dovor100@gmail.com

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