Residents of Gindabo,a community in the Sawla- Tuna-Kalba District have appealed to the government, Non-Governmental Organisations, development partners and benevolent individuals to provide their community with a health facility.
They said the community of about 4,000 inhabitants could not boast of a health facility, which impeded their timely access to health care services, especially for pregnant women and children.
Seidu Abdul Waliyu Mandela, son of Kongwura, told Yagbon News in an interview said that pregnant women and children had to trek several kilometers to other areas such as Kulmasa and Nyoli to access health care services due to the lack of a midwife and delivery beds in their dilapidated facility.
Mr Seidu said, it was a source of worry to them as they had to risk the deplorable state of a classroom block that has been partitioned and being used as a facility since the regime of the late former president Jerry John Rawlings.
According to him the current status of the structure used as a health facility is in a very deplorable state and hence called on the District Assembly to as matter of urgency support the community by establishing a health facility for them.
“The structure we are currently using is a classroom block which we partitioned and converted it into a health centre but its current state is in a deplorable state which cannot be rehabilitated and hence our call for support from benevolent individuals and the District Assembly to support us put up a health centre”, Mr Seidu indicated.
Hon. Braimah Abass, the Assembly Member for the Gindabo West Electoral Area said the area is made up of over 54 communities had no health facility which negatively affected timely access to health care services by the people in the area.
He said the Gindabo community, which has one of the major market centres in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District, needed to have a health facility as people from all walks of life patronized that market and could fall sick at any point in time.
Hon. Abass told Yagbon News that he was working assiduously to ensure that the area gets a health facility and appealed to the Member of Parliament and the District Chief Executive of the area as well as benevolent NGOs and individuals to come to their aid.
He said goal 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) required member states to, among other things, ensure timely access to primary health care by all at all levels by 2030.
He said though the government of Ghana was implementing the Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) concept to improve access to primary health care, much still needs to be done to meet the SDGs target.