Help Upgrade Paga Health Centre To District Hospital- PAYOM Tells Gov't
| Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 11:15am
Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu.
The 2017 maiden edition of the Paga Homecoming Summit had been climaxed at Paga with a call on government to expedite action by giving the only health centre in the area a face lift.
The Chairman of the Paga Youth Movement, Richard Alogitega who made the appeal said calls for the upgrade of the facility has yielded no positive results, and this has over time affected quality health care delivery.
He hinted that last year, facility recorded zero maternal death and no cholera case, an indication that when given the necessary impetus by way of logistics and human resource, it will become a model facility capable of addressing the numerous health challenges facing the people.
Radio Ghana’s Isaac Asare was at the summit and has come through this report.
The maiden Paga Homecoming celebration is the brain child of the Paga Youth Movement, PAYOM, an umbrella body of the Paga Development Association. Since its official inauguration in 2012, PAYOM has become a trailblazer championing the cause of the youth in the Kassena-Nankana West District.
Aside its advocacy role of ensuring accelerated development in the area, the movement also seeks to work towards the unification of the youth of Paga under the banner of constant unity and diversity.
As a non-partisan and non-sectarian movement, PAYOM at every given opportunity creates the enabling environment and platform for the youth to engage relevant stakeholders on issues that adversely hinder the development effort of Paga.
The 2017 homecoming which is the first of its kind sets the pace in the realization of these set objectives.
In a welcome address, the Chairman of PAYOM, Richard Alogitega said his organisation is on a common mission to collectively support the cause of development through unity of purpose.
He noted that most advanced nations have suddenly become super powers because they were bonded to the spirit of sacrifice and oneness and this, the association hopes to achieve in their collective effort to achieving sustainable growth and economic prosperity.
PAYOM has over the years contributed its bit to bridging the infrastructure gap in Paga.
According to Mr. Alogitega, youth unemployment and the lack of a district hospital poses a serious concern to the people and called on government and other development partners to consider upgrading the only health centre to serve that purpose.
In response to the concerns raised, the Paga District Coordinating Director, Maxwell Aborigo said the assembly was doing everything within its power to elevate the health centre to befit the status of a model hospital.
With respect to the operating theatre which is currently under construction, Mr Aborigo said the facility had been captured in their composite budget plan so as and when funds were readily available, they will see to its successful execution.
Speaker after speaker acknowledged the immense contribution of the youth towards national development and advised them to channel their energies into productive ventures that will enhance their total well-being and that of their communities.
There were goodwill messages from the National Youth Authority, GES, Ghana Health Service and the Naara Rural Bank.
The 2017 homecoming summit brought together sons and daughters of Paga both home and abroad. It was celebrated on the theme: ‘The Development of Paga, A Concern for All’.