The health delivery system in the district is fairly good. The district has two hospitals at Kibi and New Tafo and a number of health centres and Maternity and Child HealthCare Centres (MCH) offering health services to the people. These notwithstanding, there still exists a number of problems relating to diseases and access to the services. Table 2.17 Show the existing health facilities available in the district
Access to health facilities in the district is indicated in table 2.17. From Kwesi Komfo in the extreme south to Bunso towards the north and along the Accra-Kumasi road corridor are located a number of health facilities. This shows a fair geographical access to health services. The District Hospital at Kibi has been rehabilitated, while supply of drug has also improved significantly. The Outreach clinics also make drugs available to the communities during their visits to the hinterlands
The district has a number of health facilities indicated on table 2.18. The staffing situation has improved compared to the situation under the GPRS 1. There are only 5 doctors operating in the district compared with the number of health facilities indicated in table 2.18 and the district population of 110,964. Doctor: Population Ratio becomes 1: 64,692 far below the national ratio.
In all, 91 nurses are in both district and sub-district levels providing health services to the people. Other professionals including one pharmacist, 7 dispensary officers and one laboratory technician are inadequate to effectively meet the health needs of the people. At least two more doctors, one pharmacist, two X’ ray and laboratory technicians, and about 100 nurses are required.
Reported cases of diseases from 1999 to 2002 in the district are given in table 2.20 .Malaria continues to be the leading disease in the district in all the years as indicated in 1999 and 2000 in table 2.21.
Child immunisation rate is very high in the district. The percentage of children of under one year fully immunised is 96% compared with the national average of 78.0%. Table 2.18 provides details of the child immunisation since 2003.
Expanded Programme of Immunisation
The Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) covers various diseases such as Tuberculosis, Measles, Penta 3 (Haemophilis, Influenza, Hepatitis B) vaccine against polio and yellow fever. From the table 2.22 below, the achievement rates of immunization from 1996 had appreciated especially for 1999. For example immunization against yellow fever fell from 143% in 2003 to 90% in 2004 and rose again to 97% in 2005.
Achievement rates of various categories of child immunization have been provided to give a clear picture of the state of child health care delivery in the East Akim District. Due to the involvement of men in health activities, coverage has improved slightly over the years. Health education programme have also been extended to all parts of the district to improve upon coverage.