Residents of Ewusiejoe, a community in the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region, have expressed their utmost disappointment and frustration in the NPP government for the neglect of an almost completed health post for the past two years.
The residents told Host of Skyy Power FM’s Jolly Breakfast Show (JBS), Samuel Kojo Brace, who was in the community to follow up on developments on the facility, that the CHPS compound project started in 2016 with a three months completion schedule, and saw significant work done in terms of block work, plastering and roofing, achieving substantial completion rate, and it was therefore worrying that the contractor had to abandon the project due to the lack of payment.
The CHPS compound intervention in healthcare delivery in the country had contributed enormously to the improvement of health of the citizenry, cutting down on maternal deaths due to long travels to facilities in event of emergency, and making basic healthcare accessible to rural communities in particular.
Currently, the Ewusiejoe CHPS compound operates from a rented facility which is not convenient to serve the purpose of a healthcare facility. The residents believe that the earlier Government, through the Ahanta West Municipal Assembly, rectified the anomaly, the better it will be for them (residents).
Egya Yalley, a resident of Ewusiejoe, said “the state of development of the project shouldn’t have necessitated the delay in the completion. We currently rent a place for use as our CHPS compound, and if they had completed this for us, we would not need to continue paying one thousand, two hundred cedi (GHC1,200.00) every year to the landlord. When an NGO and staff from the Assembly came to us somewhere last year about the project, we told them that we don’t know why this present government has abandoned the health post.”
According to the residents, the completion of the project will have a greater improvement on the quality of healthcare delivered to the locals, and will also help to sustain gains made towards achieving the SDGs three on good healthcare among other things.
Mr. John Odoom, the Assembly member for the Area, in an interview on the JBS on Skyy Power FM, Friday, 18th January, 2019, said the only outstanding works were so minor to hold such as project in ruins, and deny residents a comfortable place to access health.
“I have been to the Assembly, the MP…the assembly people have also come around to inspect the project, some NGOs have also been around but to no avail”.
He continued, ” In my last meeting I suggested that we mobilize community support to finish up but the assembly said no since they started the project…meanwhile, they continue to say common fund has not come to complete this building”.
Story by: Mpimpimhene Nana Gyetua/Skyy News/Takoradi.