Health stewardship project launched

Golden Star Bogoso Prestea Limited (GSBPL), a mining firm, in partnership with GIZ a German based organization, have launched a health stewardship project to strengthen healthcare services for the people of Prestea/ Huni Valley District in the Western Region.

The objective of the four-year project was to improve health systems coordination at all levels in the country.

Launching the project at Bogoso, the lead consultant for the project and the Deputy Director of Ghana Health Service, Dr. George Amofa, said although some activities would be extended across the country the project would primarily be based in the Prestea/ Huni Valley District.

He said there had been consultations with health institutions in the district and they had identified the gaps as well as the equipment they would need to enable them deliver better and quality health service.

Dr. Amofa said as part of the project a clinic would be opened within the operational communities of GSBPL with equipment and drugs supplied.

In addition, he said, outreach programmes, upgrading of the Out Patient Department of the Prestea Government Hospital and working groups at local, regional and national levels would be trained in health stewardship development to align and coordinate private and public efforts.

The District Health Director, Mrs. Caroline Otoo, said maternal mortality at the district hospital for this year had increased to six, adding “This unfortunate situation happened due to inadequate equipment and key staff.”

Mrs. Otoo said she was hopeful that the health stewardship project had come at an appropriate time and would help them reduce maternal mortality in the district.

The GIZ project manager responsible for development partnership with private sector, Mr. John Duti, said GIZ was collaborating with GSBPL to execute two projects but decided to join the programme because it was geared towards sustainable health management through strengthening partnerships and coordination among public, private and civil society organizations.

He said GIZ would continue to support government and private sector in developmental issues.

The Cooperate Social Responsible Manager of GSBPL, Mr. Robert Gyamfi, said through this project they will be able to empower government and private health facilities in the district to discharge their duties effectively and therefore called on all stakeholders to embrace the project to make it a success. GNA

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