The Government of Japan, under the Japan Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) scheme, has made available US$109,542 to the Offinso North District Assembly for ‘The Construction of the Tanokwaem Community-Based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound.’
This project entails the establishment of a comprehensive community health planning service, which includes health care units such as consulting rooms, maternity wards, recovery rooms and dispensaries.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Hisanobu Mochizuki, in charge of Interim Affairs in Ghana, observed that the ultra modern health facility would be housing two health officers at post, including their housing facilities.
The Embassy of Japan has been concerned about the lack of a health facility in the Tanokwaem area to date. Even its surrounding ten communities suffer the same predicament.
According to the District Assembly, the only traditional birth attendant present had a limited capacity to attend to all the health problems, especially, when presented with severe cases of child birth.
‘This has often resulted in labour complications, and sometimes even death,’ Mr. Mochizuki lamented.
The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Samuel K. Appiah, expressed appreciation to the Embassy for the kind gesture towards establishing a health facility for the people of Offinso North.
He assured the Embassy that the money would be used judiciously towards the growth of the community.
‘Health and education-related issues feature prominently on the district’s medium term development agenda. Thus, injections into these sectors, such as the one we are receiving today from the Japanese Embassy is a big relief to the District Assembly, as it will free resources for other equally important projects,’ Mr. Appiah stated.
‘As we look back on the progress of our collaboration in the past years, we find it imperative to continue to develop the already existing relationship between the Offinso North District and the people of Japan.
‘We are, therefore, exploring avenues to deepen this relationship, and we anticipate that very soon, the District Assembly will establish a sister-city relationship with a Municipality in Japan,’ the DCE added.
Source: Ghanaian Chronicle – Ghanaian Chronicle