In an attempt to reduce maternal and child mortalities and morbidities in Osino Sub-district of Fanteakwa South District of the Eastern Region, KIA Motors Korea in collaboration with World Vision Korea and Ghana has handed over an ultra-modern health care center and a mobile clinic van to the people of Saamang.
The project is also aimed at among other things reducing the impact of vaccine-preventable diseases and malnutrition among children under five.
Addressing a gathering at the official handing over ceremony of the facility to the Ghana Health Service, the Korean Ambassador to Ghana Kim Sung Soo revealed that the Korean republic is carrying out a global health security agenda to improve health conditions in deprived areas.
He also said the project will improve the bilateral relationship between both countries.
“Today as we hand over the facility and mobile clinic van to the district, it is our hope that we’ll help improve the health systems and structures by reducing the impact of vaccine-preventable diseases and reduce malnutrition among young children.”
“We also believe with the assistance of the Fanteakwa South District Assembly, Ghana Health Service, and the health workers, we will be encouraged and the goal of this project will be achieved very soon. I also hope that the bilateral relation between Korea and Ghana also be continued to deepen this kind of corporation in health in both countries,” he said.
In a speech read on behalf of the Director-General of Ghana Health Service, Mr. Peter Boateng the Deputy Eastern Regional Health Director in charge of Administration said the project will help improve the health situation in the area.
“This health centre is going to contribute to our achievement of the universal health coverage and the three pillars that are critical for the achievement of this is the improvement in geographical access, improvement in financial success and provision of quality health service. The health centre contributes to these three,” he said.
NGO helps fight child mortality
A Non-Governmental Organization, Savana Signatures (Save Sign) in its bid to help fight maternal and infant mortality supported 33 health facilities in the three northern regions and Volta Region with lifesaving equipment and monthly cash of Ghc800.00 in 2017.
They also implemented a three-year project dubbed, “Technology for Maternal and Child Health (T4MCH)”.
The project was to upgrade the Technology for Maternal Health (T4MH), a STAR-Ghana project which was implemented in 2011 in 10 hospitals in the Northern Region.
The National Chairman of the District Directors of Health Services Group Dr. Luiz Octaviano Amoussou-Gohoungo noted in 2016 that Ghana was making strong progress in efforts to reduce infant and child mortality, with the rate of death having been reduced to 42.8 per 1000 live births.