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The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority’s (SADA) Millennium Villages Project (MVP) is contributing to strengthen the health delivery systems in the Builsa South District of the Upper East Region.
The Authority under the MVP on Thursday donated four brand new AG motorbikes to the district health directorate valued at GH¢28,400.00.
In addition, the health directorate receive from the MVP, an ambulance to be stationed at Fumbisi to covey sick people particularly women in labour to the nearest health centres.
Presenting the items to the health directorate at a function, which coincided with the district directorate annual health review meeting, the team leader of the MVP, Mr David Sumbo indicated that apart from the motorbikes and the ambulance, the project had already rehabilitated Community based Health Planning Centres (CHPS) in Uwasi, Weisi, Gbedembelsi, Zamsa.
SADA’s mandate includes supporting agriculture, agro-businesses, health, education and infrastructure development.
Mr Sumbo announced SADA’s MVP would continue to support the health sector under MVP operational areas, which include the West Mamprusi, Mamprugu Modugu and the Builsa districts and said it would also help address bad road networks in its operational areas.
Mr Lucio Dery, Deputy Director in charge of administration, who expressed gratitude on behalf of the Regional Health Director, Dr Koko-Awoonor-Williams to the management of SADA, said the support would help improve upon the health indicators in the district.
He assured the donors that the items would be put to good use to prolong their lifespan.
He impressed upon the health staff who ride motorbikes, to ensure that they wear helmet before embarking on their trips and cautioning that the directorate would not hesitate to sanction anybody who flout the rule.
The District Health Director, Ms Juliana Adiale noted that one of the major challenges affecting health delivery in the district was means of transportation and indicated because of that it was becoming very difficult for the directorate to achieve target indicators.
She, however, expressed hope in the staff, saying they would work harder to ensure that the directorate achieves its set targets and thus improve upon health delivery system in the area.
Speaking on some of the achievement of the directorate as part of it 2012 Annual General review meeting, the Director disclosed that there had been an increase in supervise delivery from 51 to 55 per cent, TB cases from 18.6 to 20 per cent and functional CHPS from 11 to 21.