Wa Municipal Assembly to sponsor Midwives

The Wa Municipal Assembly has decided to sponsor 10 midwives in various training institutions annually for the next five years in an effort to achieve zero tolerance for maternal deaths in the Municipality.

The Assembly will also construct a mother’s hostel at the regional hospital in Wa for the detention of women with high risk pregnancies and engage the services of the National Ambulance Service on contract basis to transport pregnant women to the hospital.

These interventions were underlying the fact that the continuous rise in maternal and infant mortality was threatening the collective resolve to achieve the Millennium Development Goals four and five in the Municipality.

Alhaji Duogu Yakubu., Municipal Chief Executive who was addressing the last ordinary meeting of the Assembly for the year said the fight to end maternal deaths should not be left in the hands of the government and its partners alone and called on transport unions to offer their support.

Discussions at the two-day meeting focused on education, health, energy, revenue mobilization and development interventions in the Municipality.

On education, he said a total of GHc 2,069,901.27 had been spent by the GETFund in the construction of school blocks with ancillary facilities under the “Schools under Trees Project”.

Eight of the schools had been completed and handed over and were now in use while five others were at various stages of completion.

Alhaji Yakubu disclosed that the Assembly would receive 3,000 dual desks and 800 mono desks from the Ministry of Education and that the Contractors working on them had already presented samples to the Assembly for inspection.

He commended the Assembly members for taking keen interest in the electrification project that was going on in their communities by mobilizing their people to support the contractors working on the project.

He appealed to communities that were yet to see the contractors to exercise patience while they waited for their turn as there was no turning back in the current electrification project

The Assembly set an ambitious revenue target of GHc 324,799.00 for the year but could only realize Ghc198,504.78 representing 61.9 per cent as at the end of October. GNA

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