Fifty four new Community Health Aides (CHAs) have been added to the staff complement of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA).
The CHAs successfully complete a six week training/certification spearheaded by the Ministry of Health as part of efforts to improve the CHA’s contribution to the primary health care system. The programme focused on improving the knowledge of the CHAs to assist in the management of children and families, and also providing specialised training in order to develop the necessary skills to deal with new developments in health care.
CHAs are important partners in the delivery of health care. They are responsible assisting with the management of sick and aged resident in communities. They also conduct follow up visits after persons who have gone through primary and secondary health care facilities. In addition, CHAs play an important role in educating the public about healthy choices necessary to secure good health, among other responsibilities.