Likpe (O/R), July 23, GNA - Mr Andrews Teddy Ofori, the Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has commissioned and handed over a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound to the Likpe Koforidua community.
Sod was cut in 2018 for the construction of the facility, which is one of three built in Gbi-Kordzofe and Gbi Akplamafu under the District Development Facility (DDF).
Mr Ofori speaking at a ceremony at Likpe Koforidua noted that the health of community members in the Municipality was a priority to the Assembly.
He said the Assembly thought it prudent and necessary to put up health facilities in almost every community to address their basic health needs.
The MCE expressed gratitude to the land owners, construction firm and community members for the completion of the project.
He urged the community members not to encroach on the land on which the facility was built, since there could be future upgrade of the CHPS Compound.
Madam Gift Asempa, Acting Director, Hohoe Municipal Health Directorate, noted that CHPS aimed at establishing sustainable systems for improving the community's health by involving individuals and households in planning and delivering health care.
She said CHPS strategy was a breakthrough in enhancing community involvement and ownership of primary health care interventions towards achieving universal health coverage.
The Acting Health Director said a staff would be posted to the facility and would facilitate the formation of the Community Health Management Committee (CHMC) with support of the chief, opinion leaders as well as the directorate.
Madam Asempa said the facility would render services including Growth Monitoring and Promotion, family planning services, clinical (minor ailment treatment).
Others include ANC outreach from CHPS compounds with midwife, home visit and emergency delivery, and School Health activities.
Mr Kudjoe Julius Ceasar, Assemblyman, Likpe Agbozome/Koforidua Electoral Area, said the facility had ended the community's eight decades without a health facility.
He said access to health care in neighbouring communities had been a headache due to the bad nature of the roads.
The newly commissioned facility has a hall, two nurses apartments, washrooms for nurses and clients, storeroom, waiting area, a fridge for vaccines, hospital beds and other other health equipment.
Mr Paul Somevi, Chairman for the occasion, said the facility needed the commitment of the community members in maintaining the structure.
He entreated them to seek health care anytime they felt unwell and not wait till their sickness got worsened.