Mafi Adalekpe, s farming community in Mafi Traditional Area in the Central Tongu District of the Volta Region would soon get an utralmoderrn Community‐based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound to improve primary health care for the people of the area and its in rural communities.
This is instrumental initiative by the District Chief Executive ( DCE ) of Central Tongu District Assembly, Mr Moore Zonyrah to ensure the Assembly extension of health care services to rural areas which would the potential to increase sustainability of community health.
“I just finished the handing over of site to Vilash Construction Company Limited to construct a CHPS compound with ancillary facilities at Mafi Adalekpe in Central Tongu District,” Mr Zoryrah stated.
Speaking in an interview with this reporter, the DCE who is very passionate about promoting the health care needs of the people in the District district revealed that The source of funding for the project is Coastal Development Authority (CODA).
According to him, the CODA is the authority through which President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo fulfilling his one million dollars per constituency promise.
Ghana introduced Community‐based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) to improve primary health care in rural areas.
An in‐depth interviews with community members showed that through their mandate of primary health care provision, CHPS contributed directly to improvement in community health (eg, access to family planning services) and indirectly through strengthening social, human, and economic capital and thereby improving social cohesion, awareness of health care needs, and willingness to take action at the community level.
Despite the current contributions of CHPS in improving the sustainability of community health, there are several challenges, based on which we recommend, that government should increase staffing and infrastructure in order to strengthen and maintain the functionality of CHPS.