The Minister for Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has commissioned an ultramodern Polyclinic at Oduman in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

The 30-bed facility, which would offer general consultation, ear, nose, and throat (ENT) services, ultrasound and emergency services, radiology and laboratory services among others, also has an operating theatre and maternity department.

Hon. Agyeman-Manu in his keynote address said Ghana has signed on to the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which will enable citizens to have access to health care services without financial barriers or geographical location.

The government in pursuance of the UHC has constructed health facilities in communities to enable inhabitants access health care services. The ultramodern polyclinic in Oduman, the Minister said, is among five polyclinics constructed in the Greater Region to provide access to health care services.

He said the Oduman Polyclinic and the rest at Sege, Ashiaman, Bortianor, and Ogbojo in the Greater Accra Region will facilitate health care delivery in those communities and help reduce the burden on tertiary hospitals such as the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

The Minister disclosed that the Ghana Health Service has transferred more health workers to the ultramodern polyclinic at Oduman to facilitate health care delivery.

He advised pregnant women in the community to patronize the polyclinic regularly to enable the medical staff to continuously monitor their conditions before, during and after childbirth. This, he said, will help reduce complications and causes of maternal and neonatal mortality.

He also advised the residents especially the youth against drug abuse and alcoholism. The Health Minister commended the community for the enthusiasm they have shown towards the project.

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, urged the people to register under the National Health Insurance Scheme to enable them to access health care services at the polyclinic.

Dr. Nsiah-Asare assured the people that the facility was going to ensure zero tolerance for maternal and neonatal deaths.

The GHS Director-General advised the youth, especially teenagers in the community against pre-marital sex that could lead to teenage pregnancy.

The ultramodern polyclinic at Oduman is one out five polyclinics constructed by Messrs. VAMED GMbn of Austria within the last two years in the Greater Accra Region.

Source: MoH PR Unit