Ofosu Asamoah ( middle) being assisted by the chief of the town (left) to commission the health centre. Inset: The CHPS centre

THE MEMBER of Parliament for Kade in the Kwaebibirem district of the Eastern region, Ofosu Asamoah has built a health centre for the people of Akim Abodom in his constituency at the cost of GH?65,000.

The money for the project was from his National Health Insurance Fund while members of the community provided free labour to complete the health center which is now being manned by two community nurses.

The centre is a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) project.

Commissioning the health centre at Akim Abodom which was witnessed by a large number of residents of the town, Mr. Asamoah said he built the health centre because of two unfortunate incidents he witnessed in the town which led to the death of two people.

According to him, those deaths could have been prevented if first aid treatment had been available before sending the victims to a bigger hospital.

He explained that a boy who was asked by his parents to sell kerosene in the evening was unfortunately bitten by a snake while another middle-aged woman was also bitten by a snake while working on her farm.

The MP noted that the lives of the two people could have been saved if they had been given immediate first aid treatment to stop the spread of the poison in the blood stream.

He said in nearby towns such as Twapease, Asuom, Abaam and other towns in the constituency, he had assisted the people with    either health centres or equipped existing ones to directly benefit the people there.

He told the people that good health was very important to enable them realize their dreams.

He said as the MP, he was very much concerned about the health of his constituents hence his determination to equip each community with health centres and pleaded with the community to take good care of the facility and also assist the community nurses posted there in their work.

The new District Director of Health, Dr Kwaku Owusu in a short speech commended the MP for the provision of the centre.

He said the idea of the CHPS by the Ministry of Health was to bring health services to the doorsteps of people living in rural areas.

He promised that the district directorate will do its best to equip the centre.

The Chief of the town, Barima Kwame Boadi III expressed the community?s gratitude to the MP for thinking about them.
He however asked him to help them get pipe-borne water because the few boreholes in the town were inadequate to fully meet their needs.

 From Thomas Fosu Jnr, Akim Abodom

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