The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on Tuesday presented a refurbished mechanical workshop valued at about $7000 to the Upper East Regional Health Directorate.
The facility comprises a diagnostic machine, an automatic compressor, a car lift, and tire changing machine, a set of mechanic’s tools, an alignment and balancing machine, and a hydraulic jack.
The workshop, which would assist the GHS service and maintain its vehicles and other vehicles within and outside the Region, is opened to members of the public including government and non-governmental organizations.
Speaking at a brief ceremony to commission the facility, Madam Myeongseon Kim, Manager of the KOICA CHPS-Plus project in the Region, said the Government of the Republic of Korea through KOICA, pledged to support the CHPS-Plus project to strengthen the CHPS system in all the 13 operational Districts in the Upper East Region.
She said one of the specific objectives of the project was to strengthen the health system and enhance supervision at all levels and establish Sustainable Emergency Referral Care (SERC).
This, she said, could be effective if the maintenance system for the vehicles were well established and working effectively, adding that “the project found it appropriate to sponsor the refreshment of the Ghana Health Services (GHS) Regional Mechanical workshop.”
Madam Kim said a well-maintained transport system would enhance supervision and referral care adding that the workshop would serve as source of income generation to the Directorate to maintain and replace worn-out equipment and parts.
Dr Winfred Ofosu, the Upper East Regional Director of Health Services, said “the available equipment at the workshop makes it the ideal place for maintenance of our vehicles and fleet of motorbikes.”
He described the workshop as “state-of-the-art” and “one-in-town” facility equipped with modern machines and professional staff to service and maintain all kinds of vehicles.
Dr Ofosu said the GHS has official accreditation to TVS motorcycles and was negotiating in the same direction towards Toyota and Nissan vehicles.
Mr Herbert Raymond Appiah, Project Manager of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), expressed gratitude to the GHS and KOICA for the collaboration and trust reposed in the UNOPS to procure medical and non-medical items for all districts in the Region.
He said KOICA engaged the UNOPS to extend its expertise in procurement and logistics to complement their efforts to support the CHPS–Plus project, adding that the mechanical workshop was among the 4,000 medical and non-medical items procured under the project.