Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Nangodi (UE), July 22, GNA – Health
infrastructure and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities have
increased tremendously within the last three years in the Nabdam District of
the Upper East Region.
The District can now boast of 17
Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHIPS) compounds connected with
water facilities from six CHIPS centres, and 19 boreholes spread evenly across
the communities whilst the construction of more CHIPS centres and boreholes are
This came to light when Madam Agnes Anamoo,
the District Chief Executive for the area, accompanied by some Journalists
conducted a two-day monitoring visit to inspect some of the projects in some of
the beneficiary communities.
In an interview with the media about the
outcomes of the interventions, Ms Meri Seidu, the District Director of Health
Services, said for the first time in history, the District was receiving a big intervention
in the area of health.
She said before 2017 the District could only
boast six CHIP Compounds which was a big challenge during the period
considering the large population of the area.
Ms Seidu said the health facilities that are
placed at the doorsteps of the people in the communities would help accelerate
the achievement of the Universal Access to Health Coverage and the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), particularly, goal three.
“The community members particularly pregnant
women used to trek to far distances such as Bolgatanga, the Regional capital to
access health care, but with the provision of the health infrastructure,
coupled with the posting of health staff to the facilities, the trend has now
positively changed as the community members can now access health care at their
doorsteps in their communities”. She stated.
The District Director commended the Assembly
for the support and said the Directorate was also happy that the Assembly
collaborated effectively with development partners to furnish the facilities,
recruited health volunteers as well as provided water facilities to the CHIPS
Most of the communities visited also
acknowledged the support of the Assembly, where some said that for the past
decade they had not had portable drinking water which compelled them to compete
with animals for water from dams and wells.
The DCE on her part, pointed out that the
NPP government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was very
passionate about health and the well-being of the citizenry, especially women
and children and explained that this informed the decision of the Assembly to
make health care one of its top most priorities.
She called on the community members to bury
their political differences and leave in peace and harmony and support the
ruling government deliver more on its promises to make life better for them.
Some of the project sites visited included
the newly constructed Gunwagre CHPS Compound valued at about GHȼ235,000.00 from
the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), the Gane-Asonge CHPS Compound values
at about GHȼ235,000.00 from the DACF, the renovation of 1 No. 4-Unit Nurses
Quarters at Sakoti also valued at about GHȼ165,000.00 from the DACF, the newly
completed health theatre as well as some of the borehole sites spread across
the Nabdam communities.
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