The Japan government has given a total grant of163,686 dollars for the construction of a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound and a youth friendly centre in the Brong-Ahafo Region and the Eastern Region respectively.
The CHPS facility which would be constructed in Sikaa, in the Nkoranza North District at a cost of 83,082 US dollars to improve the healthcare delivery services of about 11 communities in the district.
The main component of the projects includes construction of CHPS compound, supply of medical equipments and payment of audit fee.
Speaking at a signing ceremony in Accra yesterday, the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Kaoru Yoshimura said the Youth Friendly Centre would be constructed at the Kotoso Clinic with a fund of 80,604 US dollars.
He said the main component of the Youth Friendly Centre would include a youth centre, provision of solar panels and accessories, furniture and payment of audit fee.
Mr Yoshimura said the centre when completed would improve the adolescent sexual reproductive health in Kotoso and also provide
sexual reproductive health related information and services to the community and its environs.
The District Director of Health Service for Nkoranza North, Mr Donatus Achisiba said the district has four health centres which were far and inadequate for the people, hence, the need for more health facilities in the district.
“As a result, there is prevalence of avoidable death treatable illness in the districts. Also, there are reported cases of community maternal and infant mortality. Pregnant women make effort to attend nearby health facilities and due to distance and bad nature of the road sometimes lost their lives,” he said.
Mr Achisiba said the Health Directorate in collaboration with the district assembly has therefore planned within the next four years to provide and furnish six CHPS compounds to augment the existing health facilities.
The Kwahu East District Director of Health Service Mr Frederick Kwame Ofosu Kwame thanked the Japan government for the support noting that the Youth Centre would help to fight the prevalence rate of sexual immorality in the region.
By Bernard Benghan