The Bantama Community-Based Health and Planning Services (CHPS) compound in the Suaman District of the Western North Region lacks logistics, especially electricity to run the facility.
Although the community is fortunate to have a CHPS compound which was established in 2003 with a stationed Principal Midwife, Staff, and Community nurses, its operations are under threat.
The facility is being frustrated by the non-availability of electricity and means of transportation for patients care to ensure the occupational health safety of the community.
A routine monitoring visit by Sefwinews.com’s Appiah Kubi, however, observed that despite the difficulties being faced working under such a constrained environment, the Principal Midwife at the Centre, together with her staff, were respectively doing well with their improvised tools.
Mrs. Osiem Florence, the assistant principal Midwife of the clinic, said working under such threatening conditions was frustrating, and called on stakeholders, philanthropists, and the district Assembly to come to their aid to ensure universal access to quality health care delivery.
She reiterated that the facility is currently in dark for about a month due to a transformer faulty in the area which has led them to total light off.
The facility provided a wide range of halts in public health services including 24-hour clinical and emergency, maternity and antenatal care, nutrition and child healthcare, as well as disease control, to clients beyond Bantama to about 10 surrounding communities, therefore urging to need enhanced support to be able to effectively operate at full capacity at the clinic.
She explained that the situation was one of the difficult tasks she and her team had to endure regularly as the Centre was sited in a predominantly farming community in 2003 but lacks the equipment to run the clinic.
“The poor lighting system in this community is making our work difficult, mostly at night. We have written letters to the district Assembly, the Volta river authority directorates, Chiefs, and other stakeholders, but the result had been in vain,” she cried out.
Mrs. Osiem emphasized the importance of resourcing the Centre and further upgrading its infrastructure to address the growing needs of the community and its environs.