The Youth Employment Agency has employed over 150 youths under the Community Health Worker (CHW), module in the Western North region.
The beneficiaries would for the first time get a monthly allowance of GHC500, an increase from the GHC250 that their preceding cohorts received. The YEA’s CHW module selects, trains, and places young people from various communities to work in specific districts, sub-districts, and villages around the country to assist community health officers, nurses, and midwives in providing health services, notably in the areas of health promotion, disease surveillance, and disease prevention. The current CHW module, created in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, is an improved version of earlier ones with a new emphasis on enhancing beneficiaries’ impacts on their communities, enhancing citizens’ well-being, and, most importantly, making a significant contribution to assisting beneficiaries in identifying their career paths.
On Friday, October 14, 2022, 153 youths passed out under the Community Health Worker (CHW) module of the Youth Employment Agency at the Wiawso College of Education in the Western North region. In attendance with Western North YEA Regional Director Gabriel Doe was the Municipal Chief Executive of Sefwi Wiawso, Hon Louis Owusu Agyepong, Dr. Marion Okoh-Owusu – Western North Regional Health Director, WN NPP Regional Chairman-Benjamin Armah, WN NPP Communication Director, Addo Harry, NPP Research and Election Officer, Mr. Samuel Kofi Abiam, Mr. Addea Bediako, Sefwi Wiawso NPP Constituency Chairman, Officers from the Ghana Health Service and YEA Staff.
Speaking at the regional passing out ceremony at Wiawso College of Education, Hon Gabriel Doh, Western North Regional Director of Youth Employment Agency, took the opportunity to share his happiness for the success of the training which started on Monday, 10th October to Friday, October 14, 2022. He praised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his dedication to the ideals of sustainable development as well as his commitment to youth employment and development. Explaining the main objective behind Youth Employment, he said it is to serve as a source of income for S.H.S graduates who couldn’t further their education because of financial challenges. “It is the vision of the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo to employ the youths,”“As a result, the Youth Employment particularly focusing on S.H.S graduates, serve as a source of income to the beneficiaries and also helps them to further their education, noting that most of the beneficiaries do not have wealthy backgrounds across the region,”According to him, all equipment has been provided and work could start any sooner as they prepare to take directives from authorities.
On her part, the Western North Regional Health Director, Dr. Marion Okoh-Owusu, educated them on a new journey they are about to embark on (Community Health Workers) and advised them to be confident and keep themselves updated.
“I urged you all to keep in mind all that you’ve been taught and keep learning because that is the only way you can maintain and improve upon the knowledge you have acquired. Remember to always be confident and respect yourselves, the people you associate with and the rules and instructions you will be given,”
“Above all, be hardworking because we will always be there to direct you,” she said as she welcomed them to the Ghana Health Service.
However, the beneficiaries praised President Akufo-Addo for the opportunity and stated they would work diligently to improve the health service.