The District Chief Executive for Tolon, Hon Balchisu Yakubu has commissioned an ultramodern health center for the people of Wantugu and its surrounding communities.
The health facility, a partnership project between the Tolon Assembly and Baptist Child Development Programme (BCDP) was funded by Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, a non-governmental organisation.
The GH¢275,000 health facility which was constructed by the Baptist Child Development Programme (BCDP) consists of an out-patients department (OPD), labour, children, male and female wards, a dispensary and an ante-natal section.
Commissioning the health clinic, the DCE for the area, Hon Balchisu said, the facility will not only provide quality health care delivery services to the people but will ease the burden of the people of going long distances to access health care.
“It gladdens my heart to know this clinic block is made up of a clinical section and most especially a maternity section which will aid safe delivery hence, reduced maternal and child mortality. This is great relief to the people of Wantugu and about seventeen other communities with an estimated population of 9,765 and the district at large”. She said
Hon Balchisu said, the assembly has taken serious strides to provide the best of quality health care delivery services to people, adding that, the Assembly will construct at least one CHPS compound in all electoral areas and rehabilitate deplorable structures for continues health service delivery.
The Tolon DCE noted that, the Assembly’s in providing the needed infrastructural development in all sectors has limited resources thus the need to partner with development agencies and partners under its Private Public Partnership initiative.
“Support from donor partners like the interventions implemented by Baptist Child Development Programs (BCDP) are always welcomed and Assembly is ready to support such interventions for its effective and successful implementation. This building we are seeing today is one of their great initiatives”.
Hom Balchisu said, the district is blessed to have collaboration with Baptist Child Development Programs (BCDP) and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) in providing infrastructure development in both education and health sector.
“For instance, the health facility at Kasuliyili which is now upgraded to the status of a health centre has almost all its infrastructure supported by CCFC and just last year, a furnished accommodation for staff was commissioned to enable 24hours services delivery. Again, a classroom block at Gbulahagu is currently being rehabilitated to enable effective teaching and learning. In fact, the people of Gbulahagu appeals for the services of a midwife considering its distance to Nyankpala but for the lack of accommodation, personnel have not been posted. The Assembly is currently unable to put up the structure due to resource constrain and is soliciting support from donor partners to support in this regard”.
The DCE for Tolon urged the people of Wantugu and the other beneficiary communities to access the health facility at all times to enhance their health, reiterating that, the days of dependable on quack doctors for their health problems is over.
Madam Balchisu again made a passionate appeal to the people to take the issues of sanitation seriously in order to prevent airborne diseases and infections, adding that, malaria, acute respiration infections, diarrhoea and other sanitation-related diseases accounts to over 80% of admissions and OPD cases at the health centers.
She noted that, the government has taken serious steps to end open defecation in every community in the country.
“It is important for us to understand we cannot talk about living a healthy life without mentioning sanitation. One of the major priorities of government is to have an Open Defecation Free nation that is, stop practising Open Defecation. This has necessitated the implementation of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in all districts by encouraging communities to construct household latrines and practicing proper hand washing”.
Hon Balchisu therefore urged the people of Wantugu and its adjoining communities to become ambassadors in the open defecation campaign by constructing household latrines and also speak about it.
The Programme Leader of BCDP, Reverend Thomas Sayibu, commended the Tolon District Assembly for the collaboration and the CCFC for the funding of the project.
Reverend Sayibu said the provision of the clinic was based on a needs assessment to enable the people to access quality healthcare at their doorstep.
The Country Director of the CCFC, Mr George Baiden, who was excited about scheduled date completion of the health facility called on the people to live healthy lifestyles by keeping their surroundings clean and practising personal hygiene.
The Tolon District Director of Health Service, Ms Charity Azantilow, thanked the development partners for the health facility and appeal to the District Assembly to complete a nurses quarters that was under construction near the clinic to enable health personnel to provide prompt services for the people.