Today, December 2, 2020, The Ministry of Health embark on the dissemination and training of trainers workshop on the workplace HIV and TB Policy and Technical guidelines for the health sector.

Dr. Stephen Ayisi Addo 
(Programme Manager, National HIV Control Programme)

This training was attended by many health workers including the Chief Director, Ministry of Health, The Director for Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, The Director for General Administration, Ministry of Health, The Programme Manager of NACP, The Representative from Ghana AIDS Commission, Representatives from the Ministry of Health Agencies, Staff of the Ministry of Health among others.

Dr. Emmanuel Ankrah Odame
(Director, PPME/MOH)

Dr. Emmanuel Ankrah Odame, Director for Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPME) at the Ministry of Health, welcome all participants to the Dissemination and Training of Trainers Workshop on the revised Workplace HIV & TB Policy and Technical Guidelines for the Health Sector.

He said, “this revised document has a vision to achieve “A supportive workplace environment for the management of employee HIV, AIDS and TB conditions. Such a vision is apt and relevant to the national agenda (SDG 3.3) of ending the epidemics of HIV and TB by 2030. Ladies and Gentlemen, as we are all aware, HIV & TB are deemed as co-infectious diseases and impacts negatively on the health and well-being of the infected. For instance, the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies TB as the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, coupled with severe pain, stigmatization and discomfort. The WHO further estimates that TB caused 11.3 million deaths 2017, with about 300,000 of these deaths occurring among people living with HIV”.

Dr. Odame said, “the work environment provides a platform for people co-existence and engagements whilst performing work. As such, the risk of HIV & TB infections becomes heightened at these environments. On the other hand, people who becomes infected with HIV & TB also becomes prone to stigmatization and discrimination by other colleagues. The health sector unlike other workplace settings have a peculiar issue when it comes to dealing with HIV & TB at the workplace. As the principal care givers for people infected with HIV & TB, we are highly exposed to possible infections. As such, having in place this Workplace HIV & TB Policy and Technical Guidelines is timely and critical to improving the health and well-being at our work environments”.

He said, “gathering here today is very important, as we have the opportunity to be trained on the tenets of this revised document to support its operationalization at our various workplaces for optimal performance within the health sector.

He noted that, it is also heartening to note that the Ministry of Health has also revised the National Health Policy (NHP, 2020) and has also developed a new Universal Health Coverage Roadmap for Ghana (2020 – 2030) which are geared towards improving the quality of life of the people of Ghana. These two over-arching health sector documents has influenced the development of this Workplace HIV & TB Policy and Technical Guidelines for better health outcomes in Ghana, including the workplace.

He concluded by expressing his profound gratitude to the Ghana AIDS Commission and the West African Health Organization who provided technical and financial support to the policy development process.

He urged everyone “to fully participate in this dissemination and training program so as to achieve our collective objectives”.

Mr. Hamidu Adakurugu
(Director, General Administration, MoH)

Mr. Hamidu Adakurugu, Director for General Administration, Ministry of Health and Head of WAHO desk on the other hand, deliver a short remark on behalf of the West African Health Organization.

He noted that, “Over the years, WAHO has supported Ghana and the other West African countries both financially and technically to develop and operationalize health related programmes with a prime goal of improving the quality of life of the people within the West African Sub-region.

Mr. Hamidu Adakurugu stated that, WAHO is again pleased to have supported the operationalization of this revised Workplace HIV & TB Policy and Technical Guidelines for the Health Sector of Ghana.

He said, improving health and well-being at the workplace remains very important. As people continues to meet and engage at the work environment, there is the need to have in place mechanisms to mitigate any form of risk that would affect the quality of life at the work environment. It also worth noting that, improving health and well-being at the workplace also has direct effect on productivity and to a large extent national development. We are therefore particularly happy to have been able to support this just gesture and look forward to doing more to achieve a healthy human capital for national development.

He concluded, by re-assuring all participants of WAHO’s commitment to supporting the improvement of the health status of the population of the West African Sub-region.

And therefore, encourage everyone to actively participate in this workshop so as to further transmit the outcomes to other colleagues at their various workplaces for better health outcomes for all.

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