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Afram Plains Community Appeals for Completion of Stalled CHPs Compound Projects

The chiefs and opinion leaders of Tsutsukope, an island community in the Kwahu Afram Plains South District in the Eastern region are appealing for support to complete a CHPs Compound building they have initiated.

According to them, the project that started almost a year ago has stalled due to financial challenges.

Currently, the community needs about 12 packets of roofing sheets to roof the building to provide healthcare for the inhabitants.

They also need support for furnishing.

Tsutsukope Island is one of the far-to-reach communities in the Afram plains south district.

Nurses find it difficult to visit the community due to the long distance.

The nearest health facility is about a two-hour journey on a motorcycle or a boat the only means of transportation.

The Divine Mother and Child Foundation (DMAC Foundation) 2018 renovated a temporal structure to be used as a site for the GAVI HSS immunization project for the period.

The facility was subsequently converted to CHPs Compound for temporal use.

The stalled project being built with mud earth material will be used by the community as a permanent facility.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Regional Deputy Health Director, Dr. John Ekow Otoo has revealed that most CHPS Compounds in the region do not meet the standard by which a health facility can be considered a CHPS Compound.

According to him, out of the over 800 CHPS zones in the Eastern region but less than 80 of them can be considered functional CHPS compounds.

Dr. John Ekow Otoo explained that a CHIP compound needs to meet certain standards such as the ability to have enough infrastructures to accommodate the health personnel or the staff before it can be considered a CHIP compound.

He added that a functional CHIPS compound should have staffs that are well trained to play their roles independently in terms of providing health services to patients who visit their facility but that are not the situation in the region.

Source: Ansah

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