A GH˘100,000 clinic for the people in the hinterland of Ellembele district was launched at a ceremony at Esiama on Saturday.
The mobile clinic was donated by the Deputy Minister of Energy and the Member of Parliament for Ellembele, Mr Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, in fulfillment of his 2008 campaign promise.
The clinic is stocked with various drugs and hospital items.
Launching it on behalf of the Deputy Minister of Health, Mr Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, Dr Ahmed Zakaria, Medical Officer-in-charge of Ambulance Service at the Ministry of Health, noted that quality health care was absent in many parts of the country, particularly in the rural areas.
He observed that most of the health facilities were not well equipped and lacked the needed logistics and said it was for this reason that the government was doing everything possible to address the challenges facing the health sector to ensure that quality health delivery got to all Ghanaians, irrespective of where they might be.
He commended the MP for the area for the gesture and hoped the mobile clinic would go a long way to bring health care to the door-step of the rural poor who find it very difficult to access health care.
Dr Zakaria said the operation of the mobile clinic would contribute to the development of the district.
He changed the personnel who would be in charge of the clinic to take good care of the facility.
In his address, Mr Buah said the mobile clinic would ensure that access to basic health care became a “right and not a privilege”.
He said it would serve about 40 per cent of the district’s population living in a deprived and hard to reach communities with very bad roads, poor telecommunications and lack of health facilities.
Mr Buah said the mobile clinic had been designed as a first-aid facility to cater for emergency situations, address critical health issues such as maternal mortality, and morbidity among others.
It would also be responsible for responding to emergency situations.
“We are grateful that the Ellembele District will benefit from the Better Ghana Agenda health programme which will ensure that all the 17 districts in the Western Region will have health centres,” Mr Buah added.
Mr Buah charged public servants to re-dedicate themselves to the plight of the poor, address the concerns of the underprivileged in the society, inject hope in the hopeless and above all support the thousands of farmers in the district whose toil and sweet ensure that food is place on the table of Ghanaian is satisfied.
He cautioned the health professionals who would be in charge of the mobile clinic to be mindful of the culture of good maintenance so that the facility would serve useful purpose.
The District Chief Executive (DCE), for Ellembele, Mr Daniel K. Eshun said the District Assembly would be responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle as well as pay the salary of the driver.
The former Minister of health Dr Sipa Yankey and his wife donated GH˘3,000 towards the running of the clinic.