BY KOJO ANSAH
A MODERN health facility has been constructed and commissioned by Plan International, Ghana for the Kwamoso community in the Akuapem North Municipality of the Eastern Region to replace a very stressed CHPS compound struggling to deliver basic healthcare to the inhabitants, predominantly peasant farmers.
Due to the situation at the old facility, many patients were frequently referred to the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital and other health facilities for treatment as the old facility lacked the capacity to deal with it.
This, according to the residents, was a disturbing phenomenon as many lost their lives travelling to seek healthcare outside the community.
“The old facility didn’t have anything so we were always referred and sometimes people die on their way. Pregnant women could not get some basic things here,” a resident noted.
However, the GH¢ 310,000.00 new health facility supported financially by a Japanese philanthropist -Yoshida, has dispensary, two consulting rooms, nurses bay, a laboratory, and a store.
The facility is fitted with seven water closets and six bathrooms. It is also furnished with 30 metallic seats for OPD, two executive desks, and four chairs for the consulting room, a delivery bed, three baby cots, four children beds and a refrigerator, all envisaged to improve primary healthcare delivery and reduce the frequent referrals.
But the midwife in charge, Mrs Bossman Osei, says despite the improved facility furnished with logistics, the inadequate number of staff still remained a challenge. She said at least a physician assistant and staff nurses are needed to help handle cases that come at the facility and extend service delivery to 24 hours.
According to her, currently the facility has only one midwife, a staff nurse and three community nurses taking care of a population of over 15,000 at Kwamoso and other surrounding villages.
Nana Dwumazi, chief for the Ewe community at Kwamoso, told the DAILY HERITAGE the government or philanthropists must come to the aid of the community to help build a bungalow for the health workers to enable them to work all day and night to help save lives.
“Because the nurses do not live in this community they don’t work in the evening, so if someone suddenly falls sick, we find ourselves wanting. Therefore, we are appealing to philanthropists and the government to help us build a bungalow for the nurses,” he stated.