The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has inaugurated four Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds built in the Mion and Yendi districts of the Northern Region.
The beneficiary communities are Tinsung and Warivi in the Mion district, and also Kunkong and Nkwanta in the Yendi municipality.
Additional 22 CHPS compounds funded by the USAID are at various stages of completion.
The initiative forms part of the United States government’s agenda to promote primary health care in deprived communities.
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, inaugurated the projects at a colourful ceremony in the Mion district.
“This is part of the 26 CHPS compounds we will be delivering this year, and it underscores our commitment to community health.”
“We believe that these CHPS compounds and bringing health care to communities are very important for maternal and child health and so that is our focus,” Ambassador Jackson earlier told Citi News.
He said the strategy to deliver community level health service remained a key health system reform for Ghana’s health sector.
“The CHPS approach brings health services closer to your households, and allows you to make the most productive use of your time. You will no longer have to travel long distances to seek healthcare. Pregnant women in your communities will no longer have to take long, bumpy rides on a motor-king (tricycle) to the district hospital.”
The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, commended the US government for its humanitarian services to the citizens of Ghana.
He gave the assurance that the CHPS compounds would be sustained and that health personnel would be well catered for.
The Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, thanked the USAID for its unflinching support in diverse ways to the people of the area.
He particularly mentioned the health sector which he admitted that government alone could not solve its myriad challenges.
Salifu Saeed urged the chiefs and residents of the beneficiary communities to safeguard the compounds.
He further pleaded with them to motivate health personnel posted to their communities to diligently discharge their duties.
He commended the Mion District Assembly for donating a motorbike to one of the CHPS compounds.
By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/citifmonline.com/Ghana