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KOFIH IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND GHANA HEALTH SEVICE COMMISSIONS FIVE HEALTH FACILITIES IN THE VOLTA AND OTI REGIONS

The Korea Foundation for Internation Healthcare (KOFIH), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, has commissioned and handed over five (5) health facilities in the Volta and Oti Regions to the Ghana Health Service.

The facilities include the Kpeve Health Centre in the Afadzato South District and the Fadome CHPS compound and staff accommodation in Hohoe Municipality, all in the Volta Region. The rest are the Grubi Health Centre and staff accommodation in the Krachi Nchumuru District, the Amewoyikope CHPS compound and staff accommodation and the Ngawoe CHPS compound in in the Krachi Nchumuru District all in the Oti Regions.

Each of the facility has units like the OPD, consulting room, dispensary, records room, store, male and female wards, postnatal and antenatal wards, delivery room as well as reproductive and childcare units.

The Kpeve Health Centre was constructed with an amount of about one million, seventy-one thousand, four hundred and seventy-five Ghana cedis (GHC1,071,475). The remodelling and expansion of the Fadome CHPS compound and staff accommodation was done at a total cost of eight hundred and twenty-nine thousand, two hundred and seventy cedis (GHC829,270). The Grubi Health Centre and staff accommodation also cost an amount of seven hundred and forty-eight thousand, two hundred and fifty-four Ghana cedis (GHC748,254). The Amewoyikope facility was constructed at the cost of one million, four hundred and seventy-nine thousand Ghana cedis (GHC1,473,179), while the Ngawoe facility cost one million, one hundred and forty-nine thousand and ten Ghana cedis (GHC1,149,010). The cost of all the facilities includes construction, equipping and furnishing.

Commissioning the projects, the Deputy Minister for Health, Hon. Mahama Asei Seini, who represented the Hon. Minister for Health, expressed enthusiasm that KOFIH has over the years supported the ministry in the areas of Maternal Newborn and Child Healthcare, Health Insurance Policy Cooperation, Biomedical Engineering System Strengthening, short to medium term Invitational Training for Ghanaian Health Officials in Korea and other need -based support to the health sector. All these according to him fall in line with government’s goal of ensuring a healthy population for national development and the ministry’s roadmap for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

He appreciated KOFIH for their invaluable support towards Ghana’s health sector and revealed that over the last 11 years, KOFIH’s investment has grown from as little as US$340,000 per year to over US$1,500,000 per year, adding that these investments have been impactful.

The Country Representative for KOFIH, Mr. Bomin Yang, in his address, mentioned that the investments made so far is an expression of their shared commitment to improve health care services for the people of Ghana. He indicated that the project is a testament of collective effort to enhance healthcare delivery and quality and accessible healthcare to the various communities.

He reiterated the need for the Regional Health Directorate to ensure good stewardship of the health facilities to become a cornerstone for KOFIH healthcare for the various communities.

Dr. Chrysantus Kubio, the Regional Health Director of the Volta Region, on his part stated that KOFIH has heavily invested into the primary health care system of the two intervention districts in the region which has led to a major policy influence in Ghana now called the Networks of Practice. He also added that their intervention has also improve health service indicators in the region.

The Regional Health Director for the Oti Region, Dr. Osei Kuffour Afreh, in his address mentioned the construction of children’s ward in the Krachi Hospital, extension of theatre unit at the Krachi Hospital, renovation of Ntewusae health centre and many other projects funded by the KOFIH and expressed the region’s heartfelt appreciation to KOFIH for their immense contribution.

According to him, KOFIH currently operates in 4 districts of the region, and he was happy to announce their agreement to extend activities to 3 more districts.

He gave the assurance that the right maintenance culture will be instituted to maintain the facilities for sustainable health delivery services. He added that the Directorate will also play its part by providing the necessary support in terms of human resource needs and equipment to the various centres.

The event was graced by Regional and District health workers, Municipal and District Directors, officials from the Ministry of Health and Ghana health Service, KOFIH representatives, Traditional Leaders, and other key stakeholders.

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