A child protection center has been inaugurated in Zagbang, a community in Yendi Municipality in the Northern Region, to provide essential health care to children and their mothers.
The facility, valued at GHc 115,000.00, includes a consulting room furnished with a desk, a consulting room furnished with 20 benches, a storage room and an open urinal to serve clients.
It was built by AG-CARE Ghana and its partner, Children Believe, an international child-centered non-governmental organization.
Ms. Esenam Kavi De Souza, National Director of Children Believe, who spoke at the inauguration of the facility, said it was the first of two child protection centers that Children Believe and its partners had implemented in parts of the North and Upper East regions.
Ms. De Souza said the center was born out of the need to bring essential materials, neonatal and child health services to the doorsteps of rural communities in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.
She said Children Believe recognizes the importance of getting off to a good start and therefore the health of mothers and children is important in providing the right foundation for further development, hence the provision of the facility.
Ms. Frieda Billa, Northern Ghana Program Manager of AG-CARE Ghana, said the gesture complements the government’s efforts to provide quality health care to the people, especially to improve care for children in the region.
Hajia Hajara Haruna, the municipal health director of Yendi, whose speech was read on her behalf, expressed her gratitude to Children Believe and its partners for settling in the community, saying it would go a long way to improving the health care in the region.
She commended AG-CARE Ghana for helping to train health staff in the region on family planning and assured that health staff would be assigned to the facility.
Zagbang Chief Naa Alhassan Iddrisu was happy that the facility was built in the community and assured the benefactors that the community would take good care of it to serve them well.