The Social Welfare and Community Development of the Ellembelle District has organized training for relevant stakeholders on case management and Intersectoral Standard Operating Procedures (ISSOP) to enable participants understand their roles and responsibilities in the case management processes.
The training drew participants from Ghana Health Service, all staff of Social Welfare and Community Development, National Health Insurance Scheme, Ghana Education Service, National Commission for Civic Education, Ghana Police Service, District Coordinating Director and some staff of the District Assembly.
Addressing participants, the District Director of Social Welfare, Mr. Wisdom Bakuyeya mentioned that the training was to accord stakeholders the opportunity to understand their specific roles and responsibilities.
He said the ISSOPs framework identifies specific procedures thereby assisting in the prioritization of cases as well as reducing burden on front-line workers to hold stakeholders mutually accountable to each other and the beneficiaries they serve in the line of their duties.
In explaining the various responsibilities, he indicated that in cases such as an abuse of a teenage girl each one of the stakeholders being the health, police, social welfare and other stakeholders had a role to play adding that one’s role begins at the end of the other partner.
He added that such sequential line of duty by the stakeholders, informed the establishment of the framework to enable stakeholders come together as one to work in unison for the desired goal.
The District Director of Health in Ellembelle, Dr. Augustine Amoako indicated that as far as providing house-to-house service to LEAP beneficiaries, Ellembelle had taken a lead in such stead.
He indicated that it was inclusive in their home-visit programme and therefore prevailed upon health personnel who did not know the coordinators in their respective areas of jurisdiction to contact the Social Welfare office to make their work easy.
He mentioned that even though the District was in a lead, if they do not continue to work hard, other districts would overtake them and therefore advised for collaborative discharge of their duties and also ensure to fill the appraisal forms at each home-visit to enable other duty bearers know where they are to fit in.
The training ended with interactions with other partners such as Health Insurance, District Assembly Planning Officer, Girl – Child Education Officer among others.