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Politics of Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Source: GNA

Government committed to improving the affordable health care delivery - Buah

Mr. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, the Member of Parliament for Ellembelle Constituency, has reiterated government’s commitment to improving the affordable healthcare delivery in the country.

He said the development of the nation could only become a reality when the health care needs of the citizenry are met.

Mr. Buah, who is also the deputy Minister for Energy, said this during the donation of medical and surgical equipment worth US¢350,000 to three hospitals in the Ellembelle, Evaloe Gwira, and Jomoro constituencies.

Beneficiary hospitals are the St. Martin De Porres hospital at Eikwe in Ellembelle, Axim government hospital in Nzema-East and Half Assini government hospital in the Jomoro District.

The items which include theater lamps, theatre tables among others, was donated through a network with an International Relief and development Agency(IRDA), a US-based NGO.

He said the items will boost health care delivery in the Nzema area and acknowledged the contribution of Mr. Ali, a native of Kamgbunli who works with the IRDA, for his role in getting the equipment for the hospitals.

Presenting the items at St. Martins De Pores Hospital at Eikwe, the Minister said government could not achieve its target on affordable health delivery without the hardwork of health workers.

Mr. Buah also announced that funds were ready for the construction of the Tikobo No.1 Doctor’s Bungalow to enable doctors stay and help improve health delivery in the district.

Rev Sr. Comfort Buadi, who is the Assistant Matron at the Hospital thanked the MP and the government for the gesture and pledged the staff’s commitment to work on improving health delivery in the area.

She also appealed to the MP and the Assembly to consider constructing nurses flats to house staff and student nurses who would be posted to the hospital.

Mr Daniel K. Eshun, the District Chief Executive assured the staff that immediately the site was cleared the projects would begin since all necessary documentations had been completed.

He said the Assembly had earmarked Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢850.000) from the District Development Fund (DDF) for the project and that, the project shall be ready soon.

Mr. Eshun said the Assembly appreciates the contributions of the hospital to the District and pledged to consider the hospital for the construction of nurses’ hostel when the Assembly received any interventions.**