2 model CHPS compound inaugurated at Ho

hoTwo models Community based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds have been inaugurated at Hodzo and Akome in the Volta Region.

The upgraded model CHPS compounds are supported by the USAID’s flagship, Global Maternal and Child Health Cooperative agreement in collaboration with the Health Ministry and its partners.

Ho Community Health Nursing Training School is one of the 12 health training institutions and one public health nurses training school in the country which has been selected to adopt CHPS zones to be developed into model sites to improve student’s clinical practice.

Inaugurating the CHPS compound at Hodzo on behalf of the Volta Regional Director of Health Services, Mr.  Robert Adatsi, Deputy Director of Clinical Care, noted that the government was determined to make sure that health care was accessible to all Ghanaians especially those in the deprived communities.

According to him, CHPS compounds were important strategies to reach the lowest level of the community where basic facilities become available to the people.

He said the facility was important in the delivery of safe and effective health care services to mothers and children, adding this informed the decision to collaborate with their foreign partners to provide the compound.

He entreated the beneficiary communities to own the facility by supporting the nurses who would be working there.

Mr.  Adatsi expressed government’s appreciation to their partners for their support to improve health care at the local community level.

Ms. Karen Caldwell, Country Director, Maternal and Child Survival Programme, in her remarks noted that she was pleased that the support for the implementation of CHPS compounds in Hodzo and Akome had been successful.

According to her, as partners, they would continue to contribute toward the initiative and affirmed their commitment in the health sector by supporting to Ghana’s CHPS strategy.

Mrs.  Josephine Ansu-Gyeabour, Principal of Ho Nurses Training College, in her welcome address, stated that CHPS compounds offer the best opportunity for more effective and efficient health care in rural communities in Ghana and empowers communities with choices about health care by giving individuals the opportunity to receive quality and prompt treatment from the health system.

She called on the nurses who would work at those communities to work hand in hand with chiefs, elders, community development officers as well as women’s social networks to ensure the system’s acceptability and sustainability.

From Kafui  Gati, Hodzo

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