Bawku (UE) Jan.11, GNA - Hajia Hawa Ninchemah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Bawku on Thursday cut the sod for the construction of a Community based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound and a triple cell box bridge.
The projects, under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programmme (IPEP) are at Sagabo near Bawku.
She said contractors working on the projects are expected to complete work in six weeks and expressed optimism that the projects would contribute to the development of the people in the municipality and its environs.
The MCE indicated that her Assembly was poised to bring the needed development to the area and said it had begun community led initiative programmes to construct household latrines to end open defecation, educational programmes to promote health and child education, ensure road network improvement, security and the construction of modern market centres to improve trade in the area.
Hajia Ninchemah noted that healthcare was the Assembly’s priority and the Assembly would support to build the necessary infrastructure to enable health providers in the Municipality to give quality healthcare services to the people at their door steps.
She pointed out that the CHPS compound when completed would aid in the delivery of primary health care to the surrounding communities to address antenatal health and maternal care issues among others so as to reduce maternal mortality cases in rural communities in the municipality.
The MCE said the bridge was tailored to link and provide access to communities including; Kolore, Mazema and Sabon Bodeh and their surrounding communities to open up the municipality to improve on the socio-economic activities in the area and beyond.
Mr Ahmed Zibrim Haruna, a community elder at Sagabo commended the initiative of the Assembly and pledged community members’ support for the contractors to execute the project on schedule.
Mr Haruna said health was paramount to the people, especially children, the aged and women and indicated that a community led maintenance unit would be established to maintain the facility when it was completed and handed over to the community to prolong its lifespan.
He said government alone could not promote the welfare of the people and called on individuals, philanthropists, and Non-Governmental Organisations to support the area in its development agenda.