16 November 2012

Ghana: Asunafo North MP Supports Constituents With Health Facilities

To ease congestion at the Mim Urban Health Center in the Asunafo North Municipality, a newly-constructed Out-Patient Department (OPD) complex has been handed over by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Robert Sarfo-Mensah, through the Municipal Health Directorate.

The newly-constructed OPD complex consists of a laboratory, dispensary, store room, toilet and bath facilities, and a bedroom self-contained for a staff at the facility.

At the handing over ceremony, the Administrator of the Goaso Municipal Hospital, Mr. Namiak Sampson Konja, who represented the Municipal Health Director of Asunafo, commended the Member of Parliament for the timely intervention of the provision of the Complex.

Mr. Konja reiterated that the OPD Complex would improve upon healthcare delivery at the Mim Urban Health Center, because the expansion had made it possible for the facility to have a laboratory, dispensary, and a store room, where drugs and other relevant items could be kept.

He continued that the OPD would ease congestion at the facility, as well as reduce pressure on staff, at both the Mim Urban Health Center and the Goaso Municipal Hospital, which serves as a referral center in the Municipality.

According to the Administrator of the Goaso Municipal Hospital, the Ghana Health Service took over the facility when it was a Maternity Home in the year 2010, since then there has been no renovation or expansion till the provision of the OPD complex.

He encouraged Ahafo citizens both home and abroad to contribute to moving the community forward in development.

Mr. Konja used the opportunity to enumerate other projects Robert Sarfo-Mensah had undertaken in the municipality concerning health, including the provision of medical equipment to all health facilities, construction of a modern laundry facility for the Goaso Municipal Hospital, renovation of the Gyasikrom CHPS compound, provision of a polytank to the Asumura Health Center, provision of Multi TV Digi-boxes to all health facilities, and construction of a six-unit bedroom accommodation at the Goaso Municipal Hospital among others.

The Midwife in charge of the Mim Urban Health Center, Mrs. Sarah Ayitey, commended the MP, and gave the assurance to deliver quality healthcare to the people of Mim and surrounding communities, whilst ensuring effective routine maintenance at the facility.

Nana Yaw Bofah, Ankobeahene of the Mim Traditional Council, who represented the Omanhene of Mim as the chairman for the occasion, could not hide his gratitude to the MP, calling on the electorate of Mim to vote massively for the MP to continue the good developmental projects he had been doing for the constituency.

He gave the assurance that the chiefs and people of Mim would always support Robert Sarfo-Mensah in prayers, for him to be successful in his quest to retain the seat, come December 7, 2012.

The Robert Sarfo-Mensah, on his part, commended the Municipal Health Directorate for minimising the cost of the project, which was funded through the MP's share of the National Health Insurance Authority Fund.

Mr. Sarfo-Mensah noted that Ghana could have developed rapidly, if cost and waste were minimized when undertaking development projects by the various assemblies, as was done by the Asunafo North Municipal Health Directorate, which manage to use a total of GH¢63,000 for such a huge project.

He stated that development projects in every district depend mostly on the assemblies, but due to the imbalances and inequities out of political expediencies, MPs are given some funds to undertake other projects to balance the situation somehow.

However, Mr. Sarfo-Mensah entreated the entire populace of the country to be vigilant and monitor the activities of the assemblies, by serving as social auditors to minimise waste and cost involved in developmental projects.

The MP continued to advise the people of Mim to make good use of the Mim Urban Health Center, to allow the Goaso Municipal Hospital to concentrate on more comprehensive cases for effective healthcare delivery in the municipality.

Mr. Sarfo-Mensah later cut the sod for the construction of a Maternity Ward Complex at Ampenkro, which would also have a laboratory, lying place, dispensary, store room, consulting room, weighing center, and self-contained bedroom for the midwife.

He advised the electorate to tolerate the opposition's view, and desist from unnecessary political arguments that have the tendency to infuriate passions to create chaos, prior to the December 7, general elections.

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