The out-going Minister of Health, Joseph Yelleh Chireh says government will fulfill its promises of ensuring that people have easy access to quality healthcare irrespective of where they live.
He said it for this reason that the government was putting up health and other facilities across the country.
Mr Chireh stated this when he inspected work on the five polyclinics under construction in various districts of the Upper West Region.
In August last year President Mills cut the sod for work to begin on the construction of the five polyclinics in four districts in the Upper West Region. The districts are Lambussie-Karni, Lawra, Jirapa and Wa West.
Each of the five polyclinics has a 24 bed capacity and staff accommodation. The tour of the Minister was meant to inspect progress of work on those projects. At Ko in the Lawra District, seventy percent of the work has been done. Workers were busily fixing tiles and doors at the clinic when the Minister and his entourage got there.
At Babile, eighty percent of the work was also done with the building already painted and doors fixed. At Lambussie, work done on the polyclinic was sixty percent. One major challenge which has been identified to impede the effective running of the facilities at Ko and Hain is the constant dust emanating from the main roads which passes in front of the facilities.
A part from the equipment which are likely to be affect by the dust, clients who visit the facilities are also being affected.
Giving his impressions on the tour, he expressed satisfaction with the work done so far, saying with the pace of work currently going on, the contractor will be able to complete all the five projects in July this year as scheduled.
The facilities he noted will enable the beneficiaries to access quality healthcare without necessarily travelling as far as they used to do.
He gave the assurance that government will post medical assistants to the areas to effectively man the facilities. He re-iterated that government will introduce incentives for doctors who will agree to serve in rural areas.
On the problem of dust, Mr Chireh said the roads leading to the facilities will be tarred to avoid the dust. He said government has increased the number of medical schools to train more doctors for distribution to remote areas.
Commenting on the delay of work on the regional hospital the out-going Health Minister said work was expected to resume this month and called on people of the region to be patient with the government.

B.M.J Seidu/
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