Residents of Yikene welcome new medical facility
| Updated Mar 11, 2018 at 10:03pm
Health care delivery in Yikene, a suburb of Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region is said to improve for the better as the community welcomes a new medical centre.
The 20 bed ultra-modern facility which is meant to bring quality and affordable health care to the doorstep of the community and its immediate environs, has an Out-Patient Department, OPD, 3 Consulting Rooms, a well-equipped medical laboratory, wards for both males, females and children with ancillaries, a dispensary and an administrative block.
At an official handing over ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of the facility, Martin Azare said the provision of the new edifice was going to reduce the burden where people, particularly, the aged had to commute long distances to access health care.
Its existence, he explained was born out of his long cherished dream of giving back to his community, having lived in the community for years.
Mr. Azare who doubles as the proprietor of Premier Lodge said considering the invaluable contribution of the people towards the growth of his hospitality business, it was not out of place to put the facility, which he however, stated, was a form of appreciation.
He showed gratitude to the chiefs and people of the area and expressed the hope that the facility would go a long way in addressing the health needs of the people.
The CEO disclosed to Radio Ghana that, plans are afoot to equip the centre with state of the art equipment including an ex-ray machine to provide quality and affordable health care.
Welcoming the facility, a renowned pharmacist and the Chief of Yikene, Naba Aberima thanked Mr Azare for the honour done the community.
He observed that the new facility was going to ease the increased pressure on the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital, which serves as the region’s main referral hospital.
Whilst urging the community to own the facility, Naba Aberima further appealed to the CEO to consider job placement for qualified persons in the community.
The Bolgatanga District Pastor for the Assemblies of God Redemption Centre, Reverend Kazarus Akaburi led the gathering to dedicate the facility to God.
He advised staff show love and care to patients entrusted under their care since it was a basic principle in achieving quality healthcare delivery.
The inauguration of the centre was done with a free health screening exercise.