August 11, 2013

Two communities within the Bunkpurugu constituency are on the radar of the Member of Parliament for the area, Boar Namlit Solomon to support them acquire major health infrastructure in their domain that will offer primary healthcare services for inhabitants.

This is to curtail the long distances residents from the remote villages and communities endure before accessing a health facility in the urban areas and towns, in cases where there are no health post nearby.

Hon. Namlit Solomon in an interview with has indicated that as part of measures to boost the health system, he would embark on the establishment of Community Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) at both Kinkangu and Gbankoni respectively.

For Kinkangu community, he said plans were afoot to begin the project soon scheduled to be fully implemented by the end of November this year, whiles the other earmarked for Gbankoni will take place in the year 2014.

The CHPS strategy is a community based approach which seeks to provide health services through partnerships with the health programmes, community leaders and social groups.

It was launched against the realisation that more than 70% of all Ghanaians lived over 8 kilometres from the nearest health care provider (Phillips J. 2002), a problem made worse by inadequate road and transport facilities. Thus accessibility to basic health care services was the key factor that influenced the initiation of the CHPS concept in Ghana.

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