A Ghanaian nurse, Margaret Afriyie, is being celebrated for handling a job excellently even though she is the only attendant at a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHIPS) compound in the Ashanti region.
YEN.com.gh sighted the special praise for Afriyie on Facebook thanks to a user who singled out the nurse for excelling in the poorly-staffed establishment.
Afriyie is apparently the only midwife at the CHIPS compound and has delivered about seven babies so far.
With the use of her own money, the nurse hires a motorcycle and goes out to town administering medicine and other services.
In addition to her having no helping hand, Afriyie reportedly has to connect electricity to the CHIPS compound, also from her own pocket.
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Coupled with all of this, Afriyie has decided to go into farming, perhaps to supplement her income and give herself a chance at a settled life in the town.
Afriyie's is a story of many other government health workers posted to poorer districts in the country who have been left to brace the storm.
The policy of CHIPS compounds was an initiative of the government to get health services to people in underprivileged areas in the hinterlands. Another one of these policies is the use of medical drones.
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Earlier, Parliament approved on Tuesday December 11, 2018, to allow government invest in the medical drone project.
The deal will see a collaboration between the Ghana Health Service and Zipline Int. Inc. to deliver blood and other medical equipment to medical facilities especially in rural parts of Ghana.
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