A forty five (45) thousand Ghana cedi Community Based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound has been built and commissioned, through a collaborative partnership between Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC), World Servants, Assemblies of God and Relief Services (AGREDS), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Dapkam Community for the people of Dapkam in the Nanumba North District of the Northern Region.
The CHPS compound will serve about 17 communities in and around Dapkam. For years the people of Dakpam and its environs had to cover several kilometres to Bimbilla or Salaga to visit a hospital for treatment and sometimes people succumbed to illnesses because of the distance and lack of money for transport.
World Servants provided funds for the construction of the block, CCFC through its Nanumba Child Development Program with AGREDS assisted with a motor bike, a freezer, an 8 seater KVIP and a bath/urinary. It also provided 10 benches, 2 desks and chairs, some internal fittings such as doors, louvre frames and blades, ceiling fans and 5 beds to the facility at a cost of about thirteen thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 13000).
Addressing a durbar to mark the commissioning of the CHPS compound, the Executive Director of AGREDS, Joseph Wumbee said the CHPS compound stood as a proud landmark shoulder to shoulder with other CHPS compounds in the country. He said patients who were already visiting the compound were only the first of many people who would benefit from the health care facility. He said the facility, built with funding from World Servants and assistance from CCFC, would serve all people irrespective of socio-political affiliation.
Speaking on behalf of the Country Director of CCFC, the Communications Manager of CCFC, Justin Bayor, said that the CHPS compound was a reflection of the fact that partnership and collaboration yielded great dividends to communities, women and their children.
He stated that the compound was a manifestation of great collaboration between CCFC, AGREDS, World Servants, MOH and Dapkam without which it would never have come into fruition. The Communications Manager called for greater collaboration between institutions and communities to bring wonderful projects like the Dakpam project to deprived communities.
The Nanumba North District Director of Health, Madam Tia said the CHPS compound in Dakpam will enable the GHS deliver quality door to door service to the people of Dakpam and its neighbouring communities. She commended the Regional health directorate for their immense contribution towards the establishment of the CHPS compound in Dakpam and advised the community to patronise the facility.