Ghana Health Service (GHS)

MANDATE / OBJECTICES

The Regional Health Directorates (RHD) in general oversees and coordinates the provision of health services and implementation of health policies within its geographical area organized into districts and sub-district entities. Its mandate is to provide and prudently manage comprehensive and accessible health service with special emphasis on primary health care at regional, district and sub-district levels in accordance with approved national policies. The RHD also works with headquarters, its partners, and other stakeholders to increase access to health services, through provision of health infrastructure, human resources, logistics/health commodities, public health and clinical care interventions.

The RHD operates within the four (4) thematic objectives of the GHS namely;

  1. Ensure Sustainable, Affordable, Equitable, Easily Accessible Healthcare Services (Universal Health Coverage)
  2. Reduce Morbidity and Mortality, Intensify Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases
  3. Enhance Efficiency in Governance and Management
  4. Intensify Prevention and Control of Communicable Disease and Ensure the Reduction of New HIV/AIDS and other STI, especially among the Vulnerable Groups.

 CORE FUNCTIONS

In order to achieve our objectives, the Northern Regional Health Directorate seeks to perform several functions including the following:

Implementation of Health Sector policies, effective coordination of activities, judicious management of scarce resources (Human, logistics, equipment and infrastructure) and giving guidance and technical support to lower levels.  More specifically the region engages in the following:

  • Promote healthy mode of living and good health habits among the public through effective and targeted health education
  • Policy implementation
  • Planning and budgeting for health service delivery in the region
  • Resource mobilization
  • Supportive supervision, monitoring and evaluation of programme implementation
  • Human Resource management (including staff welfare)
  • Planning and delivery of clinical interventions
  • Supervision/implementation of capital projects
  • Transport, equipment and estates management
  • Data collection, analysis, reporting and feedback
  • Develops appropriate strategies and set technical guidelines to achieve national policy goals/objectives
  • Strengthens disease surveillance, prevention and control activities at all levels
  • Builds the capacity of staff through in-service training and continuing education
  • Effectively collaborates with key stakeholders in health (NGOs, Community leaders, Decentralized departments, CBOs, etc.).
  • Promotes addition of knowledge through operational researches

DESCRIPTION OF DEPARTMENTS AT RHD

The Northern Regional Health Directorate (RHD) is composed of six (6) major departments, namely:  Office of Regional Director, Public Health, Clinical Care, Health Administration and Support Services, Pharmaceutical Services, and Nursing and Midwifery Services.

Office of the Regional Director (ORD) The ORD comprise of sub units at RHD that provide delegated duties directly to the RDHS. These units include the Finance, Internal Audit, Health Information, Human Resource, Inservice Training, Information technology and Research / planning unit. The Deputy Director Finance who serves as the Unit head for ORD, is the financial advisor to the Regional Director of Health Services and also ensures adherence to financial policies and regulations. The Regional Financial Monitoring unit which forms part of the ORD carries out quarterly financial data and quality assurance sessions to validate the financial transactions of the region. The ORD also ensures the general management of health service delivery data to ensure the availability quality data for prompt decision making. The ORD Coordinates In-service training for staff in the regions to ensure that staff undergo continuous professional development in order to remain up-to-date in their areas of practice.

Public Health Unit (PHU)

The PHU comprise of sub units at RHD that provide delegated duties directly to the RDHS through the Deputy Director of Public Health (DDPH). These units include the Disease Control and Surveillance, Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI, Nutrition, Health Promotion, and Reproductive and Child Health Unit. The DDPH oversees all Public Health related activities (e.g. TB, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, NTDs) All Metropolitan,

Clinical Care Unit (CCU)

The CCU is headed by the Deputy Director of Clinical Care (DDCC).  The DDCC is responsible for leadership and direction of Clinical Care functions in the region, with direct oversight over clinical services provided by the Regional Hospital, District Hospitals/ Polyclinics, Health Centers and CHPS Compounds. The Clinical Care Unit spearheads the implementation of clinical protocols, treatment guidelines, specialized services and quality assurance measures within the region and report directly to RDHS. The DDCC also see to it that standard practices and protocols are adhered to at all facilities to promote both preventive and curative activities.

Health Administration and Support Services (HASS)

The HASS is headed by Deputy Director of Administration. The Unit comprise of sub units at RHD that provide delegated duties directly to the RDHS through the Deputy Director of Administration (DDA). These units include transport, estates, procurement and stores (including Regional Medical Stores), mechanical engineering, clinical engineering, personnel and general office.  The HASS Unit is also responsible for the management of correspondences and various administrative reports of the RHD.

Pharmaceutical Services (Pharm)

The Pharmaceutical Unit is headed by Deputy Director of Pharmaceutical Services (DDPS). The DDPS supervises all pharmaceutical related activities and policies at all facilities within the region and report directly to RDHS. The DDPS also see to it that standard practices and protocols are adhered to at all facilities to promote both preventive and curative activities.

Nursing and Midwifery Services

The Nursing and Midwifery Service Unit is headed by Ag. Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO). The CNMO supervises all Nursing related activities and policies at all facilities within the region and report directly to RDHS. The CNMO also sees to it that standard practices and protocols for nursing are adhered to at all facilities to promote both preventive and curative activities.