Jilinkon, a farming community in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District of the Savannah Region have appealed to the Government and other Non-Governmental Organizations to provide the community with basic amenities to improve their wellbeing.
The residents particularly complained about the absence of a community health facility and indicated that the absence of a health facility in the area had left them with limited options in health care, as they were forced to travel to the District capital, Sawla, of about 10 km to access healthcare.
Addressing the gathering during the commissioning of an electricity project for the community executed by NEXAM Foundation France in collaboration with NORTHCODE GHANA on June 16, 2022, Mr Mumuni Losina, who spoke on behalf of the community chief, appealed to the authorities to help construct a health facility that would facilitate effective healthcare delivery in the community.
“We face a lot of challenges when it comes to issues related to health. Our people in need of urgent health services are compelled to travel to Sawla to receive medical attention,” he said.
Goal three 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.
Though Ghana was implementing the Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) concept to improve access to primary health care, much still needed to be done to meet the SDGs target.
The community also appealed to the Government to consider providing the community with an irrigation dam to enable them, especially the youth to engage in dry season farming.
They said that the irrigation dam would also help the youth to be engaged in meaningful activities that will generate them income.
The Chief again appealed to the Government and other bodies to help provide the community Junior High School with computer laboratory to enhance teaching and learning.
The Chief said as the world is moving digital, it is necessary for students in his community to have the chance to learn about Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
He therefore appealed to the Government and other bodies to construct computer laboratory in the basic school in his community to enhance teaching and learning.
He said, lack of computer laboratory in the school hindered the effective teaching of ICT as a subject and made the subject very difficult for pupils to develop and sustain their interest in it.
According to him, ICT moves the world and it was imperative that pupils at the basic level received proper ICT lessons to enable them to contribute significantly to the development of the nation and the Jilinkon community as well as the Savannah Region at large.