The Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), has organised a conference to find solutions to the human resource and infrastructural challenges confronting the health sector in communities that fall within the SADA zone.
The SADA zone is made up of 63 districts in five regions namely Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong-Ahafo and the Volta.
The event, which was attended by government and private officials as well as development partners in Accra, was on the theme, “Tackling health infrastructure and human resource gaps in the SADA Zone through planning and action.”
They discussed the improvement of human resource, transportation, equipment and supplies and accessibility to funds towards ensuring quality health delivery in the SADA zone.
Mr. Akwasi Opong-Fosu, Minister in-charge of Development Authorities at the Presidency, said that SADA had executed projects, which had inured to the benefits of the people.
He mentioned the renewable energy project, the Solar Giga initiative, which would soon start to generate a total of 200 MW of electricity, Sisili-Kulpawn irrigation scheme and the cultivation of more than 1,000 hectares of mangoes, among others.
“The zone has immense resources and part of the strategy is to ensure the full exploitation of these resources to bring about economic transformation not only within the SADA Zone but Ghana at large,” Mr Opong-Fosu said.
The Co-ordinator of SADA Strategic Plan, Dr. Agana Nsiire, said that out of the 88 ambulances in the SADA areas, 53 had broken down as a result of the bad roads.
He bemoaned the lack of health professionals, especially midwives and specialists, and mentioned that the Banda District in the Brong-Ahafo Region as of last September had no midwife.
Dr. Charles Abugre, Chief Executive Officer of SADA, said though the SADA zone was grappling with problems, management would help the authority live up to its responsibilities, regain trust and confidence of Ghanaians and development partners.
Other participants, who contributed to the discussions at the conference, and Dr. Erasmus Agongo, Director of Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ghana Health Service and Dr. Sam Bugri, Head of Department of Public Health, University of Development Studies Medical School.
The rest are Professor Francis Abantanga, Physician Assistants and Midwives Training Unit of University for Development Studies, Mr. Chrysogonus Anab, SADA Social Services, Dr. Kofi Issa, Regional Director of Health Service, Upper East Region and Dr Afisa Zakaria, Chief Director, Ministry of Health.
By Castro Zangina-Tong