Dr. Marion Okoh-Owusu

The Western North Region is one of the six new regions created out by Legislative Instrument in 2019. The Regional Health Directorate (RHD) is located at Bodi and began operations in March 2020.

The RHD is headed by Dr. Marion Okoh-Owusu, the Regional Director of Health Service. She is assisted by four Regional Deputy Directors, namely, Deputy Director Public Health, Deputy Director Clinical Care, Deputy Director Health Administration and Support Services and Deputy Director Finance. Under each Deputy Director are administrative and technical staff of various qualifications with the responsibility of coordinating health programmes/projects, and technical/administrative units of the RHD.

The RHD is responsible for policy dissemination, stakeholder dialogue, capacity-building, coordination of planning and implementation of health policies and programmes in the region. The Departments under the RHD provide technical support, monitoring and supervisory functions of health services delivered at the district, sub-district, and community level in the region.

Under the RHD, we have 9 Municipal/ District Health Directorates and 46 Health Sub districts. The Municipal / District Health Directorates are headed by Municipal / District Directors of Health Service who provide supervision, technical and management support as well as champion the implementation of health policies and programmes in the districts and sub-districts within the region.

There are 336 health facilities comprising 17 Hospitals (6 Government, 2 CHAG and 9 private hospitals), 26 Health Centers, 31 Clinics, 24 Private Maternity Homes, and 238 Functional CHPS zones in the region. Our doctor to population ratio is 1:27,915 and nurse to population ratio is 1:404.

The key focus of the RHD is to work closely with stakeholders to operationalize “Universal Health Coverage” emphasizing the use of ICT to ensure that all communities within the region have access to good quality, affordable, and all-inclusive healthcare delivery. Strengthening District Health Systems would propel this milestone, the building blocks of which are anchored in leadership and good governance, intersectoral collaboration and partnerships.