The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is determined to provide quality health care to various communities in the country by the year 2020. The Director General of Ghana Health Service (GHS) Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare made the revelation at the inauguration of Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds at Warrivi in the Mion districts in the northern region on Monday.
Four CHPS compounds were commissioned for four beneficiary communities in the Mion and Yendi municipality namely Warrivi, Tensung, Konkong and Nkwanta. According to Dr. Nsiah Asare, health is wealth and must be given the necessary, urgent and needed attention in the country. The objective of the CHPS is to increase access to and use of health services at the community level to promote universal health coverage.
The CHPS compounds were built as part of the USAID-supported Systems for Health project in collaboration with the GHS. Dr. Nsiah-Asare stated that the GHS and the ministry of health over the past three years have enjoined a fruitful collaboration with the USAID System for a health project which seeks, among other things, to strengthen the health system to ensure quality health care.
Dr. Nsiah Asare noted that the effort brought together various stakeholders including traditional authorities, communities, MMDCE’s to address the health needs of the country. In attendance were the US ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert P. Jackson, the northern regional minister, Mr. Salifu Sa-eed, the regional director of health services, Dr. Samuel Kwashie, district chief executives from Mion and Yendi districts, assembly members, chiefs and community members.
He advised the chiefs and elders of beneficiary communities as well as health workers to take proper care of the facilities, adding that CHPS is for the communities. Dr. Nsiah Asare further urged the communities to accept the workers and work closely with them to ensure the delivery of quality health care services.
Dr. Nsiah Asare also entreated MMDCE’s to take active part in the management of the facilities and pledged his support in ensuring that adequate monitoring of the facilities are done to ensure the services of both public health prevention, promotion and treatment of minor illnesses are provided in good quality to the benefit of the community members.
BY:LILIAN D. WALTER