Akyem-Ayirebi, May 13, GNA – Mr Tom Budu, Akyemmansa District Chief Executive has appealed to the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service to take steps to give the area a district hospital.
Mr Budu said the facility would save the people from travelling to Akyem-Oda, NewAbirem or Nkawkaw to treat serious ailments.
The DCE told Ghana News Agency that the traditional authorities have donated a 258.9-hectre piece of land lying between Akyem-Ofoase and Ayirebi for the project.
Mr Budu said Akyemmansa, is the second largest cocoa producer in the Eastern Region and therefore very important contributor to the economy of the country, but highly deprived and the absence of a hospital coupled with other challenges make it difficult for staff to refuse posting area.
He said in the meantime the Brenase Health Centre should be upgraded into a polyclinic to be man by a medical officer.
The assembly he said is putting up a four-unit nurses quarters at Ofoase to provide accommodation to hospital staff who would be posted there.
In another development the DCE has called on the National Health Insurance Authority to open a local office to safe the people the ordeal of travelling to New Abirem to renew their health insurance cards.
He said after almost eight years of the district being carved out of the Birim North District, it is unfair for the people to travel long distances to process their health insurance cards.
Akyemmansa, according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census had a population of 97,374.
Officials of the District Health Directorate say apart from the fact that the district has no medical officer, it has only one medical assistant, three midwives, 76 community health nurses, 22 enrolled nurses and three mental and public health nurses each.
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