Kotoso E/R Oct. 4, GNA – A GH¢559.000.00 ultra-modern Reproduction Health Centre was inaugurated at Kotoso in Kwahu East District on Wednesday to provide productive health care delivery for the local fishing community along the lake.
The project was initiated by Plan Parenthood Association of Ghana, Japanese Organisation for Internal Corporation in Family Planning in partnership with the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
It was funded by Japan to provide quality health care delivery to the people.
The centre which is the first of its kind in the country was completed within eight months.
It comprises Out Patient Department, Operating Theatre, Delivery Room, Pre-delivery room, male and female wards, number of offices. The facility also has a stand-by generator and an ambulance.
Mr Samuel Asamoah, District Chief Executive, said the facility would solve the high maternal deaths and other related diseases affecting the people due to poor health delivery system in the area.
He said under the programme, Community Health Planning Service (CHPS) compounds would be constructed at Bonkrase, Hyewohoden, Sempoa and Aboadze, all fishing communities along the Afram lake to improve their health needs to enable the county to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG 4 and 5).
Mr Asamoah said the assembly would construct accommodation facilities for nurses and other staff.
In an address read on his behalf, the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Victor Smith, said the facility was essential for the country to help achieve the MDGs one to six by reducing the maternal and infant mortality rate, prevent HIV and AIDS and malaria which were considered as health crises in the country.
He advised the GHS and the assembly to educate the people to adopt health prevention measures to improve their health.
Mr Micah Asare Bediako, Deputy Director of Administration at the GHS, said the Service had put together CHPS compounds and Rehabilitated Child Health and other health centres to improve the health delivery system in the country.
He said logistics for the centre were ready for installation while a number of health personnel had been posted to commence work.
Mr Bediako appealed to the community to provide accommodation to the medical staff and also organise regular communal labour to keep the compound clean.
He advised the people to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enable them to access quality health care at the centre.
The Counselor of the Japanese Embassy, Mr Histnobu Mochizuki, said his country had spent one million dollars to support the first phase of the project to address global health issues, especially maternal and child health, which was captured in the United Nations MDG 4 and 5.
He expressed the hope that the facility would assist to improve maternal and child health, low knowledge of reproductive health and poor accessibility and availability of contraceptive and other health facilities in the district.
The Benkumhene of the Kwahu Traditional Area, Nana Onini Afari II, commended Japan and other stakeholders for the project.