The Atsiekpi Electoral Area in the Akatsi South District has single-handedly provided for itself a well-structured health facility commonly called CHPS ZONE.
The people of the area before have to travel several miles to assess health care in the district hospital.
The Atsiekpi Electoral area consists of seventeen communities and with their main occupation as a farming. The nurse posted in the area have been using her bedroom as a health facility to attend to patients.
The idea of the health facility to improve assessment of health in the area came to play when the Assembly Member for the area Hon. Daniel Amuzu Kale together with his unit committee members upon assuming office in 2015 realized that.
The Assembly Member immediately called on his chiefs and other opinion leaders to start a health facility to avert bedroom services to patients in this area. The Hon assemblyman has appealed to every member of the seventeen communities in his Electoral Area to contribute money for a self-health project.
According to Hon. Daniel Amuzu Kale ” the contribution did not go well but most of the communities had done their best”
Surprisingly, Torgbi Kplormdo of Gadzekpo Avukope community where the facility is located took over the facility and completed it, the Assembly Member has appealed to the District Assembly and American Embassy for help which is yet to come.
At mini occasion on Tuesday 16th of January 2018, Torgbi Kplormdo together with the Assembly member Hon. Daniel Amuzu kale, Mr. Christian Noamegbor the unit committee secretary and Mr. Dzevordzi Katabo the health committee chairman handed the key to the facility to the Akatsi District Health Directorate through the directors’ representative and appealed to them to immediately include the CHPS ZONE in the National Health insurance and also equip the facility with health apparatus that are needed to run the facility.
In an interview with Aflao based radio station Holy FM Morning Show host Sam Kush, the assembly member said the nurses posted to them are doing well especially their leader Madam Jennifer Aseye Azumah and said a grand ceremony would be organized later to officially the open the facility.
He also used the opportunity to thank the people of his Electoral Area, the communities and individuals who contributed towards the project and charge the nurses to deliver to their expectations.
Mrs. Justin Tsekumah the administrator of the Akatsi South District Health Directorate who led the team of representatives from the District Hospital also thanked the people of the community especially Torgbui Kplormdo and the Assembly Member of the area for the idea and their support as they handed over a fridge into which they would keep their medicine to the facility.
Last year December farmers day the Atsiekpi Electoral Area has hosted farmers day celebration which is first of it kind in the history of Akatsi South District where Mr Wisdom Agbodotsi has been adjourned the overall best farmer of Akatsi South District. Mr Wisdom Agbodotsi own 6 acres of sweet potatoes, 3 acres of woodlot,0.5 acres of pineapple, 120 hives of beekeeping, 4 pigs, 8 goats and 70 local poultry fowls and Mr Wisdom Agbodotsi walk away with tricycle, afield boot and 2 CV cutlasses.
Story by Sam Kush