The Japanese Embassy in Ghana has constructed a community-based health planning and services (CHPS) compound at Sikaa, a farming community in the Nkoranza North district of Brong Ahafo Region.
The Sikaa CHPS Compound – estimated at US$83,000 – is a product of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGHSP). The facility has been stocked with all the requisite equipment and medical supplies for the provision basic healthcare services.
Residents of Sikaa and its surrounding villages will now have the luxury of accessing healthcare at their doorsteps. Hitherto, they had to travel long distances to places like Kranka, Yefri, Nkoranza, and Techiman for healthcare services.
Inaugurating the facility, Tomika Koji-Counsellor at the Japanese Embassy, stressed the need for providing the citizens with quality healthcare services. He indicated that it is against this backdrop that Japan in the last 29 years through the GGHSP has been supporting deprived communities in addressing basic healthcare needs.
He said the GGHSP scheme has also been assisting in other ‘critical human security’ areas like population, education, agriculture, capacity building and empowerment among others. “We prioritise human security because it is an idea Japan considers very important as it focuses on good conditions for individual people.”
The Japanese envoy entreated all stakeholders to maintain the facility when the need arises, so as to prolong it usefulness to the people. He also urged staff who will be working there to work hard and make the facility achieve its intended purpose.
The Nkoranza North District Director of Health Services, Thomas Dery, commended the Japanese Embassy for its support in the provision of healthcare in rural communities. He said per the size of the structure and equipment at the Sikaa CHPS Compound, it could easily be upgraded into a major health facility in future.
He entreated the community to put the facility to good use in order to improve their health and guarantee them the needed strength to carry on farming activities as their major source of livelihood.
The DCE for Nkoranza North, Gifty Akosa, expressed gratitude to the Japanese government for complementing government’s health provision drive. She pledged the commitment of the District Assembly to support Sikaa CHPS Compound function to its fullest capacity.