Dr. Kofi Issah

Dr. Kofi Issah has worked in the Health services of the country for the past 25 years starting as a house officer in the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. He was among the groups of young men and women who left the shores of Ghana to study in the former Soviet Union and completed the Sechenov First Moscow Medical Institute (now Moscow Medical University) in 1991.

After a brief stint at the Tamale Regional Hospital he was posted to the Yendi Government Hospital from 1993-2000. It was during this period as one of two medical officers in the hospital that Dr. Issah came face to face with the difficulties of providing health care during humanitarian emergencies. The civil conflict in Northern Ghana which broke out in 1994/95 saw him and his senior colleague medical officer providing field clinical and public health services to a population of over 300,000 which had been displaced from four administrative districts of the eastern part of northern region of Ghana.

The period in Yendi also witnessed him developing skills with working communities in guinea worm eradication, safe motherhood, and being a pioneer Supervisor in the first polio eradication campaign in 1996. In the same year he was appointed the Regional safe motherhood clinical coordinator for the Northern Region working in this position till 2008.

Dr. Issah was the pioneer medical officer under who the Walewale and Savelugu Health centres were converted to district hospitals in 2000 and 2004 respectively thus improving access to emergency surgical, maternal and child health services to underserved populations. The final push to eradicate guinea worm in Ghana with focus of the Savelugu Nanton district was implemented under his leadership contributing to eradication in the country.

In addition to his work as District Director, and Medical Superintendent he was appointed   Acting Deputy Director for clinical care in the Northern Region from 2004 to 2007. In 2008 Dr. Issah was posted to the Upper West Region as Deputy Director Public Health leading the effort in epidemic control and improving access to public health services for the people of the region. The Brong Ahafo Region was the next posting for him serving there from 2014 to 2015 as Deputy Director Public Health before finally been appointed Regional Director of Health Services and posted to the Upper East Region.

Dr. Issah has over the years gathered experience working in collaboration with development partners and donors including UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, JICA, KOICA, USAID supported NGOs, and IOM to improve health services to rural Ghana.

Dr Issah studied for a Certificate in Hospital Management from the Nuffield Institute for Health, Leeds University in 1999, a Diploma in Reproductive Health in Developing Countries at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2000, a Masters in International Health at the University of Copenhagen, and obtained a Masters’ Degree in Governance and Leadership in GIMPA in 2014.

He is presently the Brong Ahafo Regional Director of Health Services and is a strong advocate for strengthening sub-district health systems to support CHPS in the push towards attaining Universal Health Coverage in the region and Ghana.