15 More Polyclinics To Be Built In C/R,G.Accra

indexCabinet yesterday approved a 37-million Euro facility for the construction of additional 15 polyclinics in the Central and Greater Accra Regions.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times, Dr Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, said the approval was part of President John Mahama’s efforts at checking maternal and infant mortality and the attainment of the Millenium Development Goal (MDGs) Four and Five.

He mentioned Gomoa Dawurampong, Besease, Biriwa, Etsii Sunkwa, Asikuma Gyamena, Agona Duakwa, Binpong Akunfude, Ekumfi Naakwa, Twifo Atimokwa and Gomoa Potsin in the Central Region, and Adentan, Ashiaman, Bortianor, Oduman and Sege, in the Greater Accra region, as beneficiaries.

Explaining the reason for the construction of the 10 polyclinics in the Central Region, the Minister said it was the most deprived region in terms in health infrastructure

“There is evidence that physical access to health care poses a great challenge”

Dr. Boamah said, there were huge service provision gaps due to the absence of health facilities at proposed sites, and that situation posed a great danger since people would have to travel longer distances to access healthcare.

He explained that the MDGs Four and Five would be achieved through improved Ante-natal care, rapid delivery programmes, improve nutrition, including breast feeding, and complementary feeding and Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI).

Dr. Boamah said the facilities would also be used in the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) involving the management of severely ill children and antibiotics for distant and enteric fever at the clinical level.

The projects, he said, were also estimated to create over 1,000 skilled and unskilled jobs.

By Times Reporter 

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