The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) has presented some medicines worth GHC 179,000 to three districts in the northern region to help the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to reduce maternal mortality.
The items included; some quantities of Sulphadoxine 500mg + Pyrimethamine 25mg tablets, Artemether 20mg /Lumefantrine 120mg (both PED Powder and tablets), Folic Acid Tablet 5mg, Ferrous Sulphate 200mg, Albendazole 400mg and Multivitamin drop 15ml.
The NGO made the donation on Wednesday in Tamale through its Promoting Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts (PROMISE) Project, funded by the Global Affairs Canada.
The four (4) year project is aimed at reducing Maternal and Child mortality in the Savelugu Municipality, Nanumba North and Saboba Districts of the Northern Region.
Mr Stephen Amoako, Chief of Party of the PROMISE Project said the medicines was to help complement government’s efforts in providing quality health care to the citizenry especially women and children.
He said the project would end in 2020 and stressed the need for the health sector to help to generate modalities that would help sustain the project’s initiatives to improve health care delivery.
He advised the GHS to incorporate the experiences and lessons learnt from PROMISE project so as to help extend its modalities to other districts, where government or other agencies would help to improve on health care delivery.
Mr George Baiden, the Country Director of CCFC commended the GHS for their efforts in providing health care services to citizens and urged them to do more by seeking innovative ways to save lives.
He gave the commitment of CCFC to continue to work with the GHS to ensure that the health of women and children were catered for.
Dr John Bertson Eleeza, the Northern Regional Director of the GHS thanked the CCFC through the PROMISE project for the supports and urged them to do more to support the health sector.
He acknowledged that the GHS was currently not in its full capacity to deliver quality healthcare services to citizens without support from other agencies.
He said the GHS since last year 2018 and the beginning of this year 2019 encountered some challenges regarding medical supplies, partly because of the introduction of a new procurement framework system, which delayed the medical supplies and posed challenges to most health facilities in the country.
He, however, said sustainability of most projects in the country was a challenge and lack of resources and poor management were some of the major challenges faced in the country and assured that the GHS would do its best to assess the challenges.