Philanthropists provide CHPS Compound for Akatsi-Xavi

October 19, 2021 By 0 Comments

The new CHPS compound building

Two philanthropists and natives of Akatsi-Xavi in the Akatsi Municipality, Mr. J.K Horgle, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J.K. Horgle Transport and Companies Limited in Accra, and a Medical Officer and Health Consultant, Dr. John Koku Awoonor, have built a Community Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound to address healthcare challenges that have confronted the community for decades.

The provision of the CHPS compound has come as a big relief to the residents of Akatsi-Xavi, because they had been travelling, mostly on motorbike, to the District capital, Akatsi, for medical services, especially pregnant women, to attend antenatal care on a terrible road network of about eight kilometres.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the facility at Akatsi-Xavi, the philanthropists, Dr. Awoonor and Mr. Horgle, explained that they decided to invest in the CHPS compound project as a priority to help resolve the challenges residents go through in visiting the District Hospital at Akatsi, in view of the distance and poor nature of the road, a development they decided to bring to an end.

Dr. Koku Awoonor (right) and Mr. J.K. Horgle at the commissioning

Dr. Awoonor, who addressed the large gathering, said he and Mr. Horgle had plans to upgrade the CHPS compound to hospital status like that of the Battor Catholic Hospital in the North Tongu District.

In that direction they called on residents of the community for support in achieving their objective, which would make the provision of health services more accessible to the people.

Dr. Awoonor, who is noted for the transformation of the Krachi-Nkwanta Hospital, called on the residents to motivate health workers at the new facility at Akatsi-Xavi, by regularly visiting the facility anytime they fell sick, stressing that a health facility grows only when the people actively patronise it.

He noted that regular checkups would make it possible for them to know whether or not they were suffering from Blood Pressure (BP) and diabetics, which were common and when identified early enough would be effectively managed.

The Akatsi South Municipal Director of Health Services, Dr. George Nyarko, said that since he was transferred to the municipality two years ago, he had observed that 29 demarcated CHPS zones existed, and 10 of them had compounds, with five operating under trees, and 14 operating from the homes of individuals, which was an indication that the people were ready to support primary healthcare.

The Volta Regional Minister commissioning the facility

Dr. Nyarko disclosed that the new CHPS compound would address the health needs of 12,537 people, with clinical and maternity services provided, pointing out that since the compound started working three months before the commissioning ceremony, a sharp improvement in healthcare services had been recorded.

According to him, available records showed that Out-Patient-Department (OPD) attendance increased from 200 to 400 in three months, while eight supervised deliveries were also recorded, which was a clear indication that the health needs of the people were high.

The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, who commissioned the facility, thanked the philanthropists for demonstrating love for their community, and urged health workers to accept postings to rural areas, where their services were most needed.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Akatsi South, Mr. Kofitse Nyahe, noted that the Assembly needed support and cooperation from residents to help develop the municipality to a level that would be appreciated by all, and called on individuals, groups and other stakeholders to support the Assembly to bring about the needed development.

The Paramount Chief of Avenor Traditional Area and President of the Traditional Council, Torgbui Dorglo Anumah VI, commended the two citizens for the leading roles they had been playing in bringing development to the area, and hinted that the Traditional Council would meet and deliberate to honour them to serve as motivation for others.

Togbui Dorglo Anumah said the chiefs and people of Avenor were satisfied with the self-help projects brought to Xavi by the two citizens, and that it had always been their desire that wealthy citizens like Dr. Awoonor and Mr. Horgle demonstrated such laudable initiatives.

The traditional ruler used the opportunity and asked the people to take advantage of the coronavirus vaccine to get themselves inoculated against the deadly virus, and disclosed that the Traditional Council, at its next meeting, had made provisions to make sure that chiefs who had not been inoculated would do so.

The Chief of Akatsi Xavi, Togbui Anni V, said the self-help spirit demonstrated by Dr. Awoonor and Mr. Horgle showed him and his elders that there was hope for the development of the area in future, stressing the need for the sons and daughters of Xavi to emulate the gesture.

He said the programme, “Access to Rural Community Primary Healthcare: A basic necessity for the sustenance of Life,” became possible through the selfless efforts of the two citizens.

Togbui Anni further used the opportunity to appeal to the government to rehabilitate Akatsi-Xavi, Suepe-Akeve and Gui roads, which were in a deplorable state, because the people in catchment area of Akatsi-Xavi were farmers, and finding it difficult to transport their produce to the market centers, adding that the new health facility, together with good roads, would also help promote quality health delivery.

He also referred to the water problem facing the people over the years, and called on the government to, as a matter of importance, help the people of Xavi complete an ongoing mechanised water project through community self-help initiative, but had stalled as a result of lack of funding.

Togbui Anni said Xavi had a unique bird-watching and cultural tourism project on and around the basin of River Lator which became possible through the efforts of the Xavi community, the Akatsi Municipal Assembly, the United States Peace Corps, the Nature Conservation Research Center, the Ghana Tourism Authority, and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with funding from USAID.

He, therefore, appealed to the government to help revamp tourism in the area, which had a great diversity of birds of over 90 species that could be viewed during a canoe tour on the Lator River, and wild life with its flora and fauna, adding that the project was not completed before funding challenges brought it to a halt.