Villagers and LDS Charities Improve Local Medical Care 

Villagers and LDS Charities Improve Local Medical Care 

Health care improved through working together

News Release

Traditional leaders from villages in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, combined efforts with LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to provide improved maternity and general health care for denizens in their local communities.

 

Villagers, with government assistance, constructed “First Level” care facilities, called Community Based Planning and Services compounds (CHPS). Buildings were completed and staffed, yet lacked furnishings, medical equipment and supplies.

Dr. Damian Punguyire, Director of Ghana Health Service for Techiman Municipality said “We had buildings. We had midwives and nurses. Unfortunately, we had no equipment or supplies.”

“A friend advised me to contact LDS Charities,” Punguyire said. “I was overwhelmed when the Church completed an assessment to find the needs of each community. Now we have what is needed to care for mothers, newborns and emergencies. Everyone is excited for the care they will receive near their homes. It is a miracle!”

LDS Charities partnered with the communities, as well as district municipality leaders. A donation to four CHPS facilities, provided birthing equipment for maternal care, as well as medical supplies to be used in the care centers.

                   

Tribal Chiefs, Queen Mothers, government officials, and community members were on hand for the ceremony October 3, where certificates of donation were presented from Church leaders. During that ceremony, tribal leaders and others commented on the donation. 

Diana Asigri, Public Health Director for the CHPS units, told community members and guests that midwives and nurses will provide 24 hour staffing for each facility.

“We are grateful for the help from the Church, and from the community leaders. Patients can come here starting immediately.” said Asigri. “Women no longer have to travel to the big hospital in Techiman to give birth. Everything we need is here.”

       
    

“People from rural communities in Ghana try to help themselves,” said Nana Boakye Ansa, Kuntunso village chief. “When an organization like yours lends us assistance, we are grateful. We are prepared and determined to accept your gifts and build these small facilities into health units where we can care for ourselves.”

Chief Ansa continued, “With your assistance and the care of local nurses, minor ailments will not become medical emergencies. Our people will receive care right here where we live. We thank you.”

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