General News of Thursday, 8 November 2018
Source: Richard Darko
The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has commissioned a Community-Based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound at Kpone Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.
The fully furnished functional and NHIS accredited CHPS compound is now able to provide preventive, and treatment services and refer patients to bigger health centres.
In her brief remarks at the commissioning, the First Lady and Head of the Rebecca Foundation, said the project “offers yet another opportunity to invest in what we believe will make a difference in the lives of women and children.”
According to her, the burden of disease and premature deaths in our part of the world and in particular our country could be prevented through the effective delivery of health services, therefore it is important that we reach citizens, especially those in hard to reach/rural areas with affordable basic health care.
She consequently reiterated the Rebecca Foundation’s commitment to continue working with key stakeholders to ensure that women and children get the best possible healthcare and position them to fully contribute to our national development.
The Rebecca Foundation upon an appeal from the Municipal Assembly responded and furnished the entire project and provided the necessary medical equipment to fully operationalize the facility and make it fit for purpose.
Some of the items included a complete delivery set, hospital beds and a generator as well as drugs and furniture for all the offices, wards and the out-patients department.
“I am also pleased that this facility is serviced by two community health nurses, a midwife and a staff nurse. This will certainly ensure that the community will have the necessary complement of basic health services, especially for maternal and child health.” She disclosed.
The First Lady entreated all to support government in the collective duty of making healthcare more accessible and available for all Ghanaians.
Concluding with a call for a more compact partnership with all stakeholders Mrs. Akufo-Addo said health partners, the private sector, civil society organizations, religious and traditional authorities and non-government organizations must all come together to build effective, responsive, fair and efficient health systems, to provide accessible services for our growing population.
Municipal Chief Executive of the area, Mr. Solomon Tetteh Appiah called on the staff and managers of the facility to honour the benevolence of the First Lady by making judicious use of the equipment and the exhibition of professional conduct and behaviour.