In a bid to ensure the highest attainable level of health services for his constituents, Hon Andrew Dari Chiwity, Member of Parliament (MP) for Sawla/Tuna/Kalba constituency in the Northern Region, has donated hospital equipments worth over GHS100,000 to the Sawla District Hospital.
In addition to the equipments, the MP presented an ambulance to augment an old one which has broken down for sometime now to support the district health delivery services.
The items includes eleven hospital beds, two theatre beds, two delivery beds, two motorbikes, two wheelchairs, two HP laptop computers and an ECG machine to the Sawla Hospital.
Mr Chiwity told THE REPUBLIC, provision of quality health services would enable the constituents to actively participate in development.
According to him, the donation was in fulfilment of electoral promises he made during the 2016 elections campaign to spearhead the interests and the welfare of his people.
“I am keen to ensure I fulfil some of the promises I made to my people. So far I have focused on education, Health Care, youth development and Social protection. I will do more if I have resources, because my District is one of the poorest District in the Region, ” Mr Chiwity said.
The population of Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District, according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, is 99,863 representing about four percent of the region’s total population.
This, the MP said has undoubtedly put pressure on the few available health facilities in the districts with only one ambulance serving the district health needs.
Most of the few health centres where the constituent relied for healthcare, he said have dilapidated structures, nurses and other paramedical staffs also not having means of transport to reach out to the remote communities.
The worst of it all is that, there are no delivery beds for pregnant women during labour, while new born babies could not also access health care as the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has suspended issuance of new registration membership cards.
The entire constituency which is also a district has only one Hospital, one Clinic, three Health-centres, 14 CHIPS Compound, two private maternity, four CHIPS Zones without facilities and two uncompleted CHIPS Compounds.
Beside common malaria and other disease, the facilities are also faced with challenges of inadequate supply of drugs, especially Anti Snake Venom (ASV) to care for residents who are bitten by snakes.
Nevertheless, Mr Chiwity who is a Member of Works and Housing Committee of Parliament said, health care remained his key priority as he fulfils the promises he made to the electorate, adding, “I am committed to serving my people as their representation in parliament.”
He explained that development would never be achieved if leaders do not prioritised the needs of the people who put them in leadership position and promised to do more to uplift the constituency from the wounds of abject poverty.
As part of ensuring improved standard of education, he said he has presented mathematical sets to about 1,120 candidates who are participating in this year Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and also assisted other students to pay their school fees.
Again, Mr Chiwity noted that he had given cash prices and Desktop Computers to the overall best students of the Sawla Tuna Kalba District at this year Independence Day parade and also renovated some schools in the constituency.
In addition to that, he said he has also supported farmers with farm inputs among other things to improve farming, adding that farmers in the constituency are those currently supplying seeds to the government Planting for Food and Jobs programme.
He further vowed to use the limited resources at his disposal, especially his MPs Common Funds and others to bring development closer to his people, stressing that he would welcome opinions and views from all manner of persons from the area as long as they support development.
He however appealed to health workers in the constituency to focus on providing proper medical care to the people instead of sideshows.
Mr Chiwity also urged the constituents to remained patient but hopeful as he front for resources to develop the constituency.
Mr David Bakuri, the Sawla District Director of Health who received the items on behalf of the Hospital expressed gratitude to the MP for the kind gesture.
He promised the MP the donation would be use for the purpose intended and called on others philanthropists to emulate the lawmaker effort.
Source: the republic news online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba