The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), a Non-governmental Organization, has donated assorted drugs to the Ghana Health Service in the Northern Region aimed at improving the quality of healthcare delivery to the poor and the vulnerable, especially children.
The drugs, which included 1.5 million tablets of Abendazole, 1.3 million tablets of ferrous sulphate, 148,000 tablets of vitamin and one million tablets of multivitamins were aimed at de-worming children in the region and build their immunities against diseases as well as to supplement their diets.
Madam Sanatu Nantogma, Country Director of the CCFC, who presented the drugs to the Ghana Health Service in Tamale on Wednesday said the medicines were expected to reach over 285,660 children in 20 districts of the Northern Region.
She said it was part of many assistance being extended to the Ghana Health Service towards improving healthcare delivery particularly in deprived communities, adding that the CCFC would extend similar services to the three Northern Regions in the near future.
Madam Nantogma indicated that the NGO was facing serious problems in clearing such drugs when they arrive at the ports, saying ‘Normally when these medicines arrive at the port, we go through a lot of processes in order to clear them and sometimes charged duties just like commercial entities’.
She, therefore, appealed to the Ghana Health Service to assist the NGO in clearing goods at the port, which were meant to improve the lives of people, stressing that CCFC had over 16 years pursued interest of children by providing them with school’s infrastructure, training volunteer teachers, providing educational materials and among other things.
Madam Nantogma said the NGO had taken the healthcare needs of children to another level by providing health needs assessment twice each year to ensure that children stayed healthy in the region.
She added that rain water harvesting tanks and pipe born water had equally been provided by the NGO to make life easier for people.
Dr. Akwasi Twumasi, Northern Regional Director of Health Service, lauded the efforts of the CCFC, which he said had helped in meeting its annual performance targets stressing that good sanitary practices held the key to quality healthcare.
He said the country needed to redouble its efforts at meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) since the 2015 year was getting closer and called on all development oriented NGOs to collaborate with the government to meet the targets.
Dr. Twumasi stressed on the need for more education and sensitization to women particularly the adolescents about the need to go to the health centres when they were ill and also patronize other services such as ante-natal to reduce the rate of maternal and infant mortalities. GNA