HEALTH CARE SERVICES
The NEC and management of KKFU have committed to and fully supported a comprehensive healthcare delivery to Kuapa Kokoo farmers of all ages, living anywhere. The tremendous backing the Health Systems received from NEC and management has emboldened the clinic to undertake series of innovations that will enable it run successfully.
KKFU CLINIC UPDATE
There is a consistent increase in the utilisation of services at the facility, significantly by staff and dependents of Kuapa Kokoo Limited. Clinic attendance currently stands at 3,293 registered attendants and over 23,000 visits since its establishment. The attendance over the last 12 months tops 2,000 visits. In-patient services have however reduced as more patients are referred to KATH for inpatient management at the Family Medicine Ward due to the relationship KKFU Clinic has established with the directorate.
The KKFU Medical Office has coordinated over 420 referrals mainly to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital during the year under review. Most of these cases are still undergoing treatment successfully at KATH.
The clinic continues to perform surgeries for clients who need it urgently. During the year under review, we have conducted over 120 surgical operations, mostly hernias but a lot other conditions. Also included in the surgeries for the first time are cataract surgeries for farmers. There are ongoing talks with the cataract surgery team at KATH to screen farmers in the Kuapa Kokoo Communities for cataract and perform free surgeries for farmers.
The frequency of Mobile Clinic services has been reduced ever since the partnership agreement with Niche Cocoa Processing to take over the funding and expansion of the mobile clinic services. The pressure on KKFU vehicles also meant limited travel opportunities for the team. Despite these, the team has visited at least 12 KKFU Societies and over 7,200 patients taken care of during the period under review. Eye screening outreaches have also been conducted and some farmers issued with prescription spectacles in selected communities. With the expected partnerships, we have entered now, mobile clinic services would be expanded to include surgical, dental and eye services.
KUAPA HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME
The Kuapa Kokoo Health Insurance scheme continues to face serious challenges with respect to enrolment of patients. KKL and KKFU have however resolved to assist the health insurance officers to help register more farmers on the scheme. Staff of KKFU and KKL have been enrolled however been enrolled. Presently, farmers from Dadieso Society who have registered under the scheme have their ID cards printed and pending finalisation of contracts with the Suaman District Health Directorate, should be able to start accessing service in any government facility within the Suaman District. We will entreat Everyone to come on board and help with a massive registration drive to aid health care delivery
Currently, the KKFU Health Systems has struck a partnership agreement with Niche Cocoa Processing to support our Mobile Clinic Services. With time, this support will be extended to other areas of the healthcare system to provide continuing, comprehensive to the farmers and staff of KKFU and their dependants.
There is also an ongoing partnership with the Family Medicine Directorate of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to provide Priority Care to our patients referred to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. This will give quick, easy access to hospital care to KKFU staff and patients who are referred to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
Our continuing collaborations with MPA includes HealthCare amongst others. The Kuapa kokoo Community Health Worker program where some farmers are trained by MPA and Ghana Health Service as Community Health Workers to operate within the Kuapa kokoo telemedicine Program is also very much on course. The selection of beneficiaries has been done pending the commencement of the training which may take place in October 2017.
Another important partnership of the Medical Center is with doctors from the USA under Kaiser Permannte. Kaiser Permanente are a large medical group (Southern California Permanente Medical Group) with about 7,300 doctors. KKFU health systems is establishing a Global Health Program with Kaiser Permanente where KP will have a continuous presence of their doctors in KKFU communities by rotating in a team of doctors each month which is different from a typical “medical mission” in which the doctors are only here for a few weeks or a month out of each year. This continuous presence of doctors would be more beneficial approach to improving and maintaining the health of the KKFU communities. In the beginning phase of this Program, Kaiser Permanente would provide between 6 and 10 doctors present at a location throughout the year. This will go a long way to help Kuapa Kokoo solve its human resource problems with respect to health professionals and help tremendously to provide comprehensive care to the farmers.
Ghana Health Service Ashanti Region.
There is also a pending partnership with the Ghana Health Service, Ashanti region to provide staff support and training to our healthcare systems.
The biggest challenge facing adequate delivery of healthcare services is funding. The NEC and management of KKFU must be commended for their immense commitment to squeezing funds to support the vast budget outlay of healthcare services. There is however still more room for improvement.
Secondly, the space at our current location has become too small and it is welcome news that the NEC and management have given approval for the commencement of construction of our new hospital within the old KKCU premises.
The Clinic also has transportation challenges. A dedicated vehicle for the day to day administration of the ever expanding clinic services will be very welcome.
The most significant of our pending projects is the plans to move the clinic to its proposed permanent site within the KKCU enclave. This has become even necessary due to the expansion of services to KKL and adjunct staff. The present location of the Medical Office is too small and very restrictive in adding on other services to our current medical services.
With the advent of the Kuapa Kokoo Insurance we are rolling out, it has become even more imperative to partner the Family Medicine Corporate Clinic and, make it and extension of the KKFU health Services within Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
Training of Kuapa Kokoo Community Health Volunteers for our Telemedicine project is also pending. MPA is working assiduously to see this project commence.