As part efforts to promote healthcare delivery in the country, the UK Government through its Department for International Development (DFID) has donated assorted items at a total cost of £978,840.25 to the Ghana Health Service(GHS) towards smooth execution of Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) in deprived districts.
The items include 2 Station Wagon Nissan Patrols, 10 Nissan Pick-Ups, 200 TVS Motorbikes, 500 bicycles and twenty-four(24) Lenovo Laptops.
The donation is expected to support the Brong Ahafo, Eastern, Central and Western Regions under the Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Improvement Project (MCHNP).
Receiving the items on behalf of Service, Director-General of the GHS, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare noted the gesture was borne out of the ‘deepened’ relationship the country has built over the years with its development partners including DFID towards realization of ‘effective, responsive, fair and efficient’ health systems as well as to help provide accessible services for our growing.
He disclosed aside the donation, the service is also expecting delivery of medical equipment from DFID at the cost of £1,143,007.64 to cater for service delivery at the CHPS level.
Programme Manager of DFID, Mr Archie Laing presenting the items bemoaned the challenges the health sector is faced with irrespective of strenuous efforts on part of government to see the sector deliver on best quality services to its clients at a reduced rate.
Explaining how exactly the items will be distributed, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare noted the vehicles and the bicycles will be used in districts in all the four Regions for execute CHPS activities. It will be given to the Appointment Community Health Volunteers who assist hospital staffs at the community level
The motorbikes will facilitate service delivery in the districts, subdistricts and CHPS communities especially for CHOs to conduct outreach services, provide immunization and growth promotion services, home visits, disease surveillance (case research) etc.
The two (2) Nissan Station Wagons will be distributed to two RHD (Western and Central) whiles the ten(10) Nissan Pick-ups will be distributed to 10 deprived district health directorates.
Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare whiles commending DFID for the gesture noted the move is in the right direction to ensure sustainable development and better health systems.
By Joseph Kobla Wemakor/GhanaNewsOne.com