A GH¢46,000 two-bedroom ward and a shed to enhance maternal and child health care at Kasuliyili, a farming community in the Tolon District of the Northern Region, has been inaugurated.
The 10-bed capacity ward and the shed, equipped with furniture including beds, chairs, tables and benches, were constructed by the Baptist Child Development Programmes (BCDPS) and funded by Ms Francesca Young, a Canadian, through the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC).
Before the construction of the two-bedroom ward and the shed attached to the Kasuliyili Clinic, the clinic had no suitable accommodation to provide quality healthcare services for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers who came to the facility to seek for medical attention.
As a result, health workers at the clinic were unable to give enough time to each child, pregnant women and nursing mothers at the clinic which affected the overall services provided for them. Sometimes when it rained or when the weather was hot, children and their mothers, including pregnant women, who visited the clinic for health care had to return home without receiving the needed attention from the health personnel.
At the hand-over ceremony at Kasuliyili last Wednesday, the Programme leader of the BCDPS,Rev. Thomas Sayibu Imoro, said the facility was to address the lack of accommodation at the clinic for children and their mothers, as well as pregnant women who visited the clinic for health care.
He stated that the gesture formed part of their contributions towards enhancing maternal and child healthcare delivery in the community and expressed his gratitude to CCFC for the support.
The Programme Manager of CCFC, Mr Evans Sinkari, for his part, said CCFC would continue to collaborate with other partners to promote child welfare and protection programmes in rural and deprived communities.
Appeal for motorbikes
The Tolon District Director of Health Service, Hajia Sophia Mahama, thanked the donors for the gesture and appealed for motorbikes for the health workers in the area to embark on outreach services in hard-to-reach communities.
An Assistant Director at the Tolon District Assembly, Mr Rafiq Zulka, who represented the District Chief Executive for Tolon, Mr Abukari Seidu, also expressed the assembly’s appreciation to sponsors of the project, noting that it would go a long way to enhance healthcare delivery for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children in the community.
The Chief of Kasuliyili, Naa Yakubu Bukari, also thanked the donors for the gesture and appealed for more support to enhance the living conditions of the people.