Business News of 2014-01-17

Two benefit from Japanese grant

Two communities have received $233,004 to construct healthcare facilities under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) Scheme.

Beneficiaries of the grant are Nkwantaso in the Dormaa West District Assembly of the Brong Ahafo Region and Sakumono in the Tema West Sub-Metro of the Greater Accra Region.

RENADDO Foundation, an NGO, which initiated the move to build the maternity clinic for the area, received $119,776 for the construction of the Sakumono Maternity Clinic, while $113,228 was given to the Dormaa West District Assembly for the construction of a well-equipped Community-Based Health Planning and Service (CHPS) compound.

The projects

The projects are to benefit about 22,000 people in the Tema West Sub-metro and 2,608 people at Nkwantaso.

The Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Naoto Nikai said after the signing ceremony in Accra yesterday, the project would improve maternity health delivery and improve access to healthcare in both areas. He added that due to the high congestion in the public health facilities, the establishment of the clinics would solve problems such as long waiting time and the unnecessary fatalities experienced by inhabitants.

“There is the need for the provision of basic development structures in the health sector to accommodate the overgrowing population and to enhance the well-being of the people,” he said.

The Executive Director of RENADDO Foundation, Mrs Lily Quarcoopome, expressed her foundation’s appreciation and gave the assurance that the project would be completed within 10 months.

“The amount will surely be used for its intended purpose in order to improve the lives of our people,” she said.

The District Chief Executive of the Dormaa West District Assembly, Mr Paul Donkor, pledged on behalf of the assembly to ensure the project was completed within the one year period.