The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has presented 10 Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicles,100 motorcycles and 20 laptops to some District Health directorates to facilitate healthcare delivery.
The eight beneficiary districts are North and West Gonja in the Northern Region; Talensi and Bawku West in the Upper East Region; Lawra and Nandom in the Upper West Region and Agortime Ziope and Kadjebi in the Volta Region.
The items formed part of the World Bank's support to the GHS for the implementation of Community-based Performance Financing (CPBF), a pilot project designed to strengthen healthcare services at the Community-based Health Improvement Plan (CHIPS) over the next two years.
The Director-General of the GHS, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, who took delivery of the items from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), handed them over to health directors of the beneficiary districts in Accra yesterday.
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He explained that the eight districts were scientifically selected to help pilot the CPBF, with the overall goal of improving indicators on maternal and child survival.
Dr Nsiah-Asare added that as part of the project, field officers and other health workers in those districts would be trained to ensure the success of the project.
The Director-General advised the beneficiary districts to put the vehicles and items to judicious use to achieve the desired results.
“Let me state strongly that the vehicles that have been provided today, including the laptops and the motorbikes, are intended to support routine health delivery activities and under no circumstance are they to be misapplied.
“Regional Directors of Health are to note that the vehicles are by no means personal vehicles for district directors.
Any infraction in the use of these logistics will not be tolerated and will attract severe sanctions,” he stressed.
On behalf of the beneficiary districts, the Upper West Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Osei Kuffour Afreh, lauded the GHS and the World Bank for the support, adding that the initiative was a major boost to healthcare delivery in the eight districts.
He gave an assurance that the items would be put to good use.