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MoH constructs new polyclinics for Ogbojo, Bortianor and Oduman communities

The Ministry of Health would complete a construction of three ultramodern polyclinics for the Ogbojo, Bortianor and Oduman communities on December 2018 to provide adequate medical services to the residents of the area.

The three facilities would provide members of the communities with health care services including maternity services, general medical services, X-ray services, laboratory and pharmacy services.

The three facilities are part of the five polyclinics under construction by Government at a total cost of 13.5 Million Euros for two other communities – Sege and Ashiaman.

Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, said this during a tour of the facilities with some government officials, the media and engineers working on the projects on Friday.

He said the sector has a vision to expand health care facilities and help bring them closer to residents in rural communities.

He said providing the needed tools and equipment for the new polyclinics would motivate health personnel who would be posted there to attach passion to the delivery of services.

Mr Agyeman-Manu said the government has the intention to expand the facilities with time to adequately meet the health demands of the growing population.

He said: “Our only limitations would be land issues because even if the Government has funds and want to expand health facilities in future, land accessibility could become a problem”.

He urged the Municipal Health Directorate to secure lands around the new health facilities to aid future expansions.

The Minister said it is also part of its plan to create a 10-bed ward for mental health concerns at the new facilities.

Explaining the choice of beneficiary communities, Mr Agyeman-Manu said: “We have statistics and strategic plans that give us the guide, so we considered the area, population, and distances and realised that these selected communities are very far and densely populated and needed a better health facility”.

He said every Member of Parliament (MP) has lobbied for the construction of better health facilities at his or her constituency and it is the duty of the Ministry to send its technical team to monitor and decide which communities needed the health facilities, hence these initial selected communities.

Mr Agyeman-Manu said some MPs allocated funds given out to them to enhance National Health Insurance in their constituencies into construction of chip compounds, a step he said helped them to detect which communities needed health facilities the most.

He pledged to appeal to the Minister of Roads to consider the construction of the Oduman-Ablekuma road which was in a poor state.

Dr Bright Davies-Teye, Municipal Director of Health Service, Ga-South Municipality, commended the government for the facility and said it would be of good help to residents of Bortianor and beyond.

He said residents of Bortianor and surrounding communities are relatively poor and accessing health care was quite a challenge.

Dr Davies-Teye said health personnel were also willing to work in the facility because it would enrich their curriculum vitae as they did not only choose to work in towns but also in rural areas.

Mr Clement Wilkinson, Municipal Chief Executive of the Ga West Municipal Assembly, commended the Ministry for selecting Oduman as part of the beneficial communities.

He said the Polyclinic would serve about 5000 residents of Oduman who have been journeying to Amasaman to attend to their health needs.

Mr Wilkinson assured the Ministry of the Assembly’s effort to ensure that the facility was well maintained.

Source: ghananewsagency.org

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