By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
The Taifa Polyclinic, a health facility in the Ga East Municipality, now has a maternity block through the benevolence of a local company.
The block, constructed at an estimated cost of over Seventy-five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵75,000.00), was donated by the Burger Foods Industries, popularly known for the production of Nkatie Burger.
The facility has an Out-Patients Department (OPD), a Dispensing Room, two (2) Consulting Rooms, a Pharmacy, Records Unit, Labour Ward, an Out-Patients Ward (OPW), and a Focus Antenatal Clinic. Hitherto, the Unit had only a ward to contend with in the main building.
The Quality Assurance Manager of the Burger Foods Industries, Mr George Ofori, in an interview with GEMANEWS, said the gesture formed part of their Corporate Social Responsibility towards enhancing quality health service delivery and general development in the community from where the company operates.
“This project is to support the hospital to deliver on its objective as a means of helping to prevent maternal mortality and also help the people within the community get improved health delivery”, Mr Ofori explained.
He also outlined other contributions his outfit has making towards the development of the community as the construction of roads and provision of potable water among other amenities.
Mr Ofori further noted that the construction of the maternity block “is not an end in itself but we believe that it is a good beginning and going forward, we will be able to do much more to support the community”.
At a brief but impressive ceremony to outdoor the maternity block, the Executive Director of the Salt and Light Ministries, Dr. Joyce Aryee, expressed excitement for her association with the project and said it was a noble gesture worthy of emulation.
She commended the company for its foresight and commitment towards the development of the community and the advancement of the people.
Dr. Joyce Aryee also praised the Management of the Polyclinic for their hard-work and dedication which had seen it move from a Community-based Health Planning and Service (CHPS) Compound facility to its present state and encouraged them to do more.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, stressed the need for the Polyclinic to be supported in order to provide the needed quality and speedy service delivery.
Hon. Adwoa Safo said she would liaise with all concerned stakeholders to help address the challenges the facility faces and promised, particularly, to secure an ambulance for them.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. John Kwao Sackey, who was represented by the Deputy Coordinating Director, Mr. Felix Ameyaw, thanked the Burger Foods Industries for helping in the provision of quality health care delivery in the municipality.
He charged the Management of the facility to observe good maintenance culture to ensure that the facility lasts and serves the purpose for which it was built.
The Medical Officer in charge of the Taifa Polyclinic, Dr. Charles Dewhurst outlined the numerous challenging needs of the facility such as a standby generator (at least 20KV), an expansion of the OPD, a placenta pit, and an additional unit for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinic among others.
Dr. Dewhurst also appealed to the Assembly to complete the construction of the wall to safeguard the facility and prevent encroachment.
The Assemblyman for the Taifa South Electoral Area, Hon. Franklin Frimpong Manso, who had been in the forefront in building the Polyclinic, expressed gratitude to Captain Felix Okine for donating the parcel of land for the construction of the Maternity Block.
He also promised to help in mobilizing resources to complete the fencing of the Polyclinic.