By Benjamin Adamafio Commey, GNA
Saaman (E/R), Nov 07, GNA - World Vision Ghana, as part of its efforts at enhancing general healthcare delivery, especially in rural areas has constructed and commissioned a clinic for Saaman community in the Fanteakwa South district of the Eastern Region.
The community, over the years grappled with accessing proper healthcare as the only available Community Health and Planning Services (CHPS) operated from within a constrained apartment of the chief’s palace with only two nurse assistants.
The situation compelled residents to travel several miles to access health care.
The facility, which also comes with a mobile clinic van, is therefore expected to improve on accessibility, while providing quality healthcare services for community members and other adjoining communities to achieve a Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Constructed at a cost of one million, six hundred and four thousand, eight hundred and thirty-four Ghana Cedis (GH¢1, 604, 834.00), the facility is expected to benefit close to forty-six thousand (45, 998) people from over 13 communities within the district.
Funded by KIA Motors, Korea through its KIA Green Light Project, a five-year health project, the clinic comprises of a maternity ward, labour ward, dispensary unit, washrooms for both staff and patients, laboratory, dressing room, injection room and a consultation room, among others.
It was partnered by World Vision Korea with support from the Ghana Health Service, the District Assembly and the Department of Food and Agriculture.
Speaking at a ceremony to officially hand over the facility to the Ghana Health Service, the District Assembly and the community, Mr Dickens Thunde, the National Director of World Vision Ghana said the project would ensure maternal and child mortalities and morbidities within the district were reduced drastically.
He said even though government’s policies on maternal and child had ensured a decline in child mortality rates over the years, the 2014 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey revealed that there was still more to be done to achieve a-zero child mortality.
The 2014 Ghana Demographic and Survey pegged the infant mortality rate of the country at 41 deaths per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality at 60 deaths per 1,000 live births.
“At these levels, one in every 24 Ghanaian children dies before reaching the age one and one in every 17 does not survive to his or her fifth birthday,” he said.
While commending government for its commitment towards the establishment of CHPS compounds across the country to enhance accessibility, Mr Thunde called for collaborative efforts between stakeholders to ensure UHC and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
He urged management of the facility to ensure that accrued revenues from its operations were judiciously managed to ensure continuous service delivery.
Mr Peter Boateng, a representative from the Ghana Health Service said for UHC to be achieved there was the need for increased geographical access, improved financial access and provision of quality health service.
He said the facility would therefore help in addressing the health care gap in the region and improve on accessibility.
Mr Roh Kye Hwan, Head of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team of KIA Motors said as a global automobile company, it would continue to improve the wellbeing of people around the world.
On his part, Mr Kim Sung Soo, the Korean Ambassador said he was optimistic such projects would strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Mr Kwesi Ntori Adjabeng, the District Chief Executive expressed his appreciation and urged the community to help maintain the facility to prolong its lifespan.