Volta Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has trained community health nurses to provide help to adolescents on health issues.
The Community health nurses were drawn from districts which are UNFPA supported districts, and they are South Dayi, North Dayi, Krachi East, Afadjato South, Akatsi North and Central Tongu in Volta and Oti regions respectively.
The one-day orientation seminar on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) was in partnership with the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The training is to give the capacity building to nurses expected to be leaders in order to educate girls on their health rights at their various Community Health Based (CHPS-compound), as well as enable them to have practical knowledge in the documentation of Adolescent health issues.
Focal person for the regional Adolescent Health Directorate (ADHD), Mrs. Rita Ama Wurapa cautioned the trainees to be circumspect in handling health issues.
She stressed that the adolescents indulge in bad activities such as smoking and stealing because they do not have people caring for them, reemphasizing on the need to safeguard and prevent them from engaging in activities that could harm them.
“They are mix bags and they see themselves as adults and children, it is our responsibility to educate, counsel and inform them to enable them to make wise decisions”, she said.
She urged the nurses to provide affordable and acceptable services when the girls visit the facilities and she explained that the girls cannot afford health services if it is expensive thus, the need to support and give information to the girls about their sexual health.
She also explained that some nurses point fingers at some pregnant girls who come for health advice or sometimes report the clients who visit the health facilities to their parents.
“Let us exhibit the reasons why you were called into nursing, we are at the correctional point and we must also maintain confidential reports”
She said this was to prevent the girls from seeking information from peers because they do not have any knowledge on health issues.
Mrs. Wurapa noted that the OLFA which stands for observation, ask, listen, feedback and agreement is a guideline that would assist the healthcare providers to properly execute their duties. This, she said would encourage accurate treatment and diagnosis for treatment.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | VOLTA REGION | talksafrica.com