Member of Parliament for Kwesiminstim, Mr. Joseph Mensah has handed over a fully equipped Community Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound to the chiefs and people of Assakae in the Effia – Kwesimintsim Municipality of the Western Region.
The facility which is positioned to replace an old dilapidated health facility situated at the Assakae Market, is expected to serve residents of Assakae and its surrounding communities.
The facility was initiated by the former Member of Parliament for the area, Mr. Joe Badu-Ansah as a means to alleviate the health needs of the people in the area. However, he could not complete the project before the end of his tenure, paving way for the incumbent Member of Parliament, Mr. Joseph Mensah, to complete the project.
A huge chunk of the health fund allocated to the office of the Members of Parliament amounting to over GHC 200,000 was dedicated by the MP to complete the project. It has a delivery room, dispensary, consulting room, and waiting room, etc.
Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Health Director, Mrs. Joyce Bagyina indicated that, it is the expectation of the Directorate that, community members will patronize the services of the facility.
“Our expectation here is to see community members participating actively in all health activities taking place in this CHPS zone. We want to see all the children in this zone receiving their immunizations at the right schedule so that they would be protected from childhood killer diseases. The women and men assessing FP services to prevent unwanted and unplanned pregnancies, pregnant and postnatal women receiving ANC and PNC respectively, rates of malnutrition among children would also be reduced,” she indicated.
Member of parliament for Kwesimistim Mr. Joseph Mensah promised to upgrade the facility to include staff quarters. He urged members of the community to own the facility and help maintain it for future generations. He indicated that, the establishment of the CHPS compound is part of his contribution to improve access to quality health care in the area.
“I’m glad the people of Assakae have finally gotten a place to seek health assistance. The coronavirus pandemic requires a robust health infrastructure to deal with an outbreak and any other health conditions. We have provided everything in the facility to ensure both health providers and health seekers are comfortable. We will continue upgrading the project to ensure health providers are accommodated close to the facility,” he noted.