18 Community Health Aides graduate from Hanover Health Department
The Hanover Health Department staged a graduation exercise for community health aides (CHAs) in Lucea last week Thursday.
Eighteen CHAs, all females, trained under the Ministry of Health's training and certification programme between 2010 and 2014, were recognised at the function, which was held at the Lucea United Church hall in the parish.
In his keynote address, principal of the Mt Hannah Primary School, Nicholas James, said he was impressed with the manner in which the CHAs executed their duties within, especially, the rural communities, where the demand for their services is great. He also encouraged them to strive for excellence as their job as health care aides was extremely important to the well-being of the nation.
"To be in this profession, you must, under every circumstance, be kind, compassionate, caring, patient, understanding, and sympathetic," James said.
"Nation building is a shared responsibility, and your contribution is equally important as any other profession. I charge you to play your part with pride, honour, and dignity."
IMPROVING HEALTH CARE
Senior public health nurse and trainer for the CHAs Lauren Golding also addressed the graduates. She said the training of the participants was conducted in keeping with the Hanover Health Department's bid to strengthen primary health care in the parish.
"Without you, the link would be broken; without you, our community health care would not be effective, and so I thank you very much," Golding told the women.
CHAs are tasked with, among other things, tending to the sick and aged within their respective communities and with conducting follow-up visits for persons who have gone through primary and secondary health care facilities, and educating citizens about healthy lifestyles.
Also in attendance were targeted interventions officer, Gayon Williams, who chaired the event; medical officer of health for Hanover, Dr Lisa Wisdom; parish manager for the Hanover Health Services, Dawn Harvey; registered midwife, Marlene Williams-Harris; and personnel officer Tasha-lee Clarke.