Accra, Oct 31, GNA -The Japan Embassy in Ghana has provided a grant assistance of GHC 241,250.30 to facilitate the construction of a Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound at Dodi-Asantekrom in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region.
The grant contract, which was signed on Thursday by Mr Thomas Ampem Nyarko, Asuogyaman District Chief Executive for the beneficiaries, and Mr Naoto Nikai, Japanese Ambassador in Ghana for the donors, spans over a one-year period by which time the project may be completed for use.
The project outline entails the construction of a CHPS Compound and other associated works and also the supply of the essential equipment and furniture for the effective operation of a health post in the catchment area.
Mr Nikai said the grant scheme under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGHSP) established in Ghana in 1989 was part of efforts by the Japanese Government to scale up grassroots level development in the country.
He said the facility was estimated to benefit about 4,300 people living in nine communities within the Dodi-Asantekrom CHPS Zone and these are Ezorkofe, Dorforkpodzi, Adabui, Salakofe, Klege, Mawekpor, Wayo and Tsitsikope, all located along the Volta River and on the Dodi-Island.
According to the Ambassador, due to the lack of a health facility in the Dodi-Asantekrom CHPS Zone the inhabitants, including pregnant women and children, are compelled to travel for several kilometers either on foot or by boat to access health care from the already congested Boso Health Centre which is was the nearest to them.
Mr Nikai said the new provision will therefore improve access to health care for the communities, bridge the equity gaps accessing quality health services and reduce diseases such as bilharzias, waste pains and skin infections, which were widespread in the area.
He said maternal mortality in communities would be reduced and in effect help the District to achieve its health indicators with regards to the Millennium Development Goals.
Mr Nyarko expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Japan for their support and commitment towards health improvement in the Asuogyaman District and Ghana as a whole.