Ghana: Physician to Population Ratio Deteriorating in Bono East Region

The doctor to population ratio in the Bono East region has deteriorated from 1 in 18,287 in 2020 to 1 in 20,397 in 2021, revealed Dr. Fred Adomako-Boateng, Regional Director of Bono East Health Services .

Dr Adomako-Boateng said the figure was against a target of 1 in 7,500 with a worsening of the Geographic Equity Index from 0.20 in 2020 to 0.1 in 2021 (target of 0.55 ).

He made the disclosure during the 2022 bi-annual performance review meeting themed “Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Bono East” on Tuesday at Kintampo in Bono East Region.

The regional director said the meeting aimed to discuss health issues, assess the performance of the region during the reporting period and make meaningful decisions.

Dr. Adomako-Boateng noted that of 835,086 people eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, 433,781 (51.9%) had been vaccinated with one dose and 326,032 (39%) had been fully vaccinated.

“Our family planning beneficiary rate for 2021 was 41.5% (target 40%) compared to 40% in 2020.”

“We have recorded an improvement in skilled delivery from 65.8% in 2020 to 66.8% in 2021 (60% target),” he noted.

The regional manager said he had recorded a drop in diabetes mellitus cases of 0.52% for around one to five percent, and 1.8% for around five to 10% for hypertension.

Dr. Adomako-Boateng added that the institutional malaria case fatality in under-fives decreased from 0.20 in 2020 to 0.24 in 2021, and the malaria mortality rate worsened from 0, 01 to 0.03.

He appealed for service vehicles to the regional leadership, infrastructure to start operating the regional medical stores (RMS), more human resources and the completion of the regional health administration block.

Dr Adomako-Boateng thanked the Bono East Regional Minister, Kwasi Adu Gyan and the RCC, Marie Stopes – Ghana, the various District and Medical Directors, among other stakeholders, for their support.

The Director of Kintampo Health Research Center (KHRC), Dr. Kwaku Poku Asante, who chaired the review meeting, commended the regional health departments for the successes recorded and encouraged them to improve on their failures.

Sallie R. Loera