The Savelugu and the West Gonja Health directorates in the Northern and the Savannah regions, respectively, have received quantities of assorted drugs from World Vision Ghana (WVG), a Christian humanitarian organisation, to enhance healthcare delivery in the two municipalities.
The medicines — estimated to be worth GH¢120,000 — are to augment the stock of essential drugs for vulnerable families and children in the two beneficiary municipalities.
They include anti-malaria, pain relief and anti-diarrhoea drugs and family planning products.
At a ceremony in Savelugu yesterday, the Regional Operations Manager of WVG, Mr Timothy A. Akanpabadai, said the assorted pharmaceutical products were a gift-in-kind from donors of the advocacy and development organisation and meant to improve healthcare delivery in the two municipalities.
He said the donation was also to ensure that all children in the two beneficiary municipalities where the organisation operated were cared for and protected from diseases.
He expressed the hope that the medicines would meet the health needs of vulnerable families and their children and entreated the leadership of the beneficiary municipalities to ensure the
speedy and fair distribution of the drugs to health facilities at the community level.
Mr Akanpabadai hinted that WVG was considering supporting some communities with tricycle ambulances to ease transportation challenges in referral cases.
He said it would also support the establishment of dry-season vegetable gardens in some communities to enhance food security in the beneficiary municipalities.
He appealed to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health to speed up the process of tax exemptions on some of the gift-in-kind items WVG received from donors to enable it to offer more support in the health sector.
The Regional Director of Health, Dr Chrysantus Kubio, and the Chief Pharmacist in charge of the Northern, Savannah and North East regions, Dr Dominic Otchere, received the items on behalf of the two municipal health directorates.
They both expressed gratitude to WVG and said the items would address the shortage of essential drugs at peripheral health facilities in the two municipalities.