A state-of-the-art health center has been commissioned in Asadame, an agricultural community in the municipality of Keta in the Volta region, to improve quality health care for residents and people from neighboring communities.
The fully furnished facility, which includes a maternity ward, laboratory and outpatient department, among other units, is a project funded by the Development Bank of China and the Government of Ghana to replace the dilapidated one.
The center is a subsidiary project of the government’s overall program to develop coastal fish landing sites and fishing ports across the country, including two fishing ports at Elmina in the central region and James Town in Accra.
Within the overall scope of the projects, some infrastructure needs at the community level have been identified in consultation with the respective municipal and district assemblies.
“These include classroom blocks, artificial turf pitches, access roads, fish markets and health centres,” Transport Minister Kweku Ofori Asiamah said in a statement. speech read in his name for the commissioning of the health center.
He said the Keta landing site needed to be redesigned due to its proximity to the main Keta seaport project and some other considerations causing delays.
He said that despite this, it allowed for the construction of additional facilities like the Keta market, a school block, the Asadame health center and a 12-place toilet in Adzido.
He called for the health center to be well maintained to benefit many more people, saying; “The culture of maintenance must not escape us in order to preserve the investment that has been devoted to the construction of this health center.”
Mr. Emmanuel Gemegah, Municipal Director General of Keta, who acknowledged the efforts of his predecessor, Mr. Godwin Edudzi Yao Effah, to complete the Asadame project, commended the government for the facility and said that this improve the delivery of health services to the population. .
He called for similar projects to be extended to other communities in the municipality like Anyako and Anlo-Afiadenyigba, which lacked a decent structure for health care delivery.
Mrs. Eunice Alabi, a nurse in charge at Asadame Health Centre, told the Ghana News Agency that the facility will bring great relief to health staff and residents.
“There have been countless times when we have worried about our own health and that of our customers due to the state of the building. There are major cracks and leaks when it rains… There was a time when some of the concrete at the top would come loose and almost fall on a stick.