Plan International Ghana, a child-centred and community development organization, on Thursday commissioned a Community Health Planning Service (CHPS) compound for Larve, a farming community in the South Tongu district.
The NGO also handed over a three-unit classroom block to the community.
The CHPS compound funded by Plan International-Spain, is to take healthcare closer to the locals, who hitherto trekked to Agorta, a distance of 15 kilometres for healthcare services.
The Larve CHPS zone estimated at GHC 50,000, has beds, treatment area, shelves for medicines, washrooms and accommodation for staff.
It also has a generator, a motorbike, and “veronica” buckets.
Mrs Rose Beyuo-Siilo, the Regional Programmes Unit Manager, Plan International Ghana, who handed the facility over to the community and the Ghana Health Service (GHS), said Plan International Ghana was committed to ensuring that girls and boys lived in good health, and realized their potentials.
She was hopeful that the facility would improve quality healthcare delivery in the area, and urged GHS and the community to maintain the compound.
Madam Florence Gyasi-Nketia, the South Tongu District Director of Health Services, said the commissioning of the facility was timely, and would help address reproductive health and emergency delivery cases in the catchment area.
She said staff at the facility would focus on home visits, and gave the assurance that the facility would improve quality healthcare delivery in the district.
Mr Samuel Mawuko Eworyi, the South Tongu District Chief Executive, commended Plan International Ghana for the support, and said the Assembly was working towards establishing CHPS compounds in all the electoral areas.
Dr. Joseph Nuertey, the Volta Regional Director of Health Service, in a speech read on his behalf, warned community health nurses against turning CHPS compounds into health centres.
He told them that they were supposed to take healthcare services to the people in their homes, and not treat them at the CHPS compounds.
Dr. Nuertey urged them to particularly monitor pregnant women and their children, until the children celebrated their fifth birth days. GNA