Residents of Adenkrebi and surrounding communities can now heave a huge sigh of relief in their health needs following the unveiling of a Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound at Adenkrebi . The facility, provided by the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation, in collaboration with Inesfly Africa, will serve Adenkrebi and surrounding communities.
The residents of Adenkrebi, Berekuso, Kitase, Kponkpo, and Teiman among others have been without any health facility to cater for their health needs for a long time until now.
It was therefore gratifying and a dream come true for the beneficiary communities when the two organizations, Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation (IMPF) and Inesfly Africa, partnered to ensure that the people were not denied of their basic need and right to healthcare.
The facility, which cost GHC250,000, comes along with a nurses quarters and a poly tank to ensure constant flow of water and will serve about 200,000 people in the area. It is also connected to the national electricity grid.
Speaking at a brief ceremony to unveil and hand over the clinic to the Regional and Municipal Health Directorates, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. John Kwao Sackey said the Assembly recognized the role played by stakeholders within and outside the municipality not only in the health sector but in the various facets of development.
He noted that the task to improve healthcare delivery in the country was a collective one and called on all concerned to put their shoulders to the wheels in this direction.
“It is obvious that even in the advanced economies, healthcare delivery cannot be the sole responsibility of government”
He therefore expressed profound gratitude to the two noble organizations, Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation and Inesfly Africa, for this kind gesture. “We are most grateful and wish you well in your endeavour”, the MCE added.
Tracing the beginnings of the conception of the idea for the construction of the facility, the MCE remarked that students of Calvin High School in Michigan in the United States of America (USA) in one of their visits to the community on their annual trips promised to solicit for help for the community to address their healthcare needs.
He further stated that the networking established by the students brought “the (two) organizations together resulting in the construction of this wonderful facility” and commended the students for their role.
He said the Assembly provided the needed technical assistance to the organizations to ensure the commencement and successful completion of the project.
He urged the health officers who would be posted to the facility to “be professional, hard-working, dedicated and respectful towards the people you are going to serve” and appealed to the Chiefs and people of Adenkrebi and surrounding communities to “own the facility and maintain it properly in order to derive the maximum benefits from it”.
Hon. Kwao Sackey further announced plans by the Assembly to raise the status of the community and improve upon the living conditions of the people.
To this effect, he said the Assembly had drilled and mechanized a borehole, with an overhead polytank, which serves the community with potable water.
He also said plans were far advanced to construct a 2-Unit semi-detached teachers’ quarters at Adenkrebi this year to complement what had already been provided through the joint efforts of Housing the Masses (NGO) and UNDP Habitat, while the 6-unit classroom school project which had been left in the foundation stage has been captured and forwarded to the GETFund Secretariat for continuation and completion.
He said the Assembly had positioned Adenkrebi to receive support from NGOs and donors which needed place to undertake development projects in the municipality.
The Executive Director of IMPF, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo-Addo, said her organization was “committed to providing all resources possible for mothers to stay alive, stay in sound health and be able to take care of their children healthily”.
She said it was against this backdrop that they deemed it their responsibility to provide the facility to prevent the mothers and people in the area to travel for to access healthcare.
She said following the success story of the provision of their first CHPS Compound at Kobedi near Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region and the completion of that of Adenkrebi, they were poised to raise more funds to construct such facilities in remote areas in the country where it is difficult to access healthcare.
“We look forward to seeing under-five mortality figures improve in a year’s time from this CHPS facility”, Mrs Akuffo-Addo remarked.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Inesfly Africa, Mr Michael Sjodin, said his outfit shared in the mission of IMPF, hence, their desire to partner them to combat the spread of malaria and other vector-borne diseases in Africa. He said the facility “will contribute to the reduction of malaria in the area”
Mr. Sjodin indicated that Inesfly Africa was committed to undertaking a number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in the year 2016 and beyond, in collaboration with IMPF and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), to help address the challenges in combating malaria and other vector-borne diseases.
Dr. Julius Dadebo, Municipal Director of Health Services, noted that women within the municipality mostly go to other municipalities to deliver.
He said it was the mission of the Directorate to improve maternal health and skill delivery, hence the provision of such facility could not have come at a more opportune time as they were witnessing.
He thanked the two organizations for their foresight and concern for the health needs of rural people and promised to manage the facility properly to maximize the desired benefits.
Dr. Dadebo introduced two nurses who are to take charge of the clinic to the community members and urged the Chiefs and people in the area to receive and cooperate with them to ensure that they provide service to their satisfaction.
The Chief of Adenkrebi, Nii Okai Ankamah I, expressed profound gratitude to all stakeholders who contributed in diverse ways towards the construction of the facility.
He appealed for more social amenities for his people and acknowledged the support and development plan of the Assembly for Adenkrebi.
He also promised to take good care of the clinic to help improve their health conditions and urged his people to support the staff of the clinic to enable them deliver quality service.
Hon. Moses Ola Dowuona, Assembly Member for Abokobi Electoral Area was among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman