A new Ward/Laboratory Facility has been commissioned for the Danyame Health Centre to enhance access to quality health care in the area.
The facility, which has male and female wards, and a laboratory room is expected to check the lack of spacious room for patients admitted at the Centre as invalids are squeezed up in corridors on hospital beds of the health Centre in current arrangement.
It was completed through communal labour and volunteerism of youth in the area made up of artisans, masons, electricians, carpenters, painters and others who offered free services for the completion of the building.
Speaking on behalf of Mr Drissa Ouattara, the Dormaa Central Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Maxwell Mensah, Assistant Director One, Dormaa Municipal Assembly, entreated all to focus on preventive health rather than curative health by keeping hygienic environment to help reduce cases recorded at the Out Patient Department(OPD).
Mr Mensah pledged to present 100 bags of cement towards the construction of a maternity block for the Centre.
Mr Stephen Nyarko-Ameyaw, the Municipal Director of Health for Dormaa Municipality, indicated that it was the plan of government and the Ghana Health Service(GHS) to achieve universal health coverage irrespective of one’s religion, political party affiliation, location and tribe.
He cited the recent launch of the medical drone delivery by the Health Minister, Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu at Omenako in the Eastern Region as a demonstration of government’s commitment to realising this objective.
The Municipal Director of Health, thanked the MCE and the Chief for the instrumental role played in making land available for the laboratory building.
Mr Ameyaw appealed to all with health challenges to attend to the facility, and avoid travelling to distant locations to seek for medical treatment.
“The Centre has since its 24 years in operation one physician assistant, three midwives, 11 nurses, ward assistants and labourers since it was established in 1994. Government would be wasting resources on these human resources if they are kept not busy working at this Centre, ” he added.
Mr. Daniel Owusu Amponsah, the Municipal Disease Control Officer, emphasised the commitment of the government in fighting malaria, the number killer disease in Ghana and its resolve to eliminate it in Dormaa and the Brong Ahafo Region.
He said in furtherance of this objective, malaria vaccination implementation programme is due to be rolled out beginning tomorrow targeting children aged between six to seven months.
The Disease Control Officer dismissed claims that the vaccination exercise were mere trials been performed on children.
“We have conducted the trials already and its efficacy is guaranteed and assured, ” he added.
He stated that although it wasn’t a guarantee that the malaria vaccination provides instant healing and treatment for children there was much certainty from research which proved that children with severe cases of malaria had condition reduced and did not have any fatal consequences for on them.
Mr. Amponsah asked mothers to send their children to the various weighing centres and hospitals when the exercise starts tomorrow.
Baffour Brafo Okoforobour, the Chief of Danyame and the Asafohene of Dormaa Traditional Area, thanked the youth in the area for volunteering their professional services towards the construction of the building.
He was full of praise to the MCE for providing 100 bags of cement to put up the facility.
By: Robert Tachie