The government of the United States of America will be commissioning four new CHPS compound in the northern region on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The two beneficiary districts include the Mion district and the Yendi municipality in the northern region. According to the US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert Porter Jackson said this is part of the twenty six (26) CHPS compounds the American government is expected to deliver for 2018 to enhance the health care delivery service in the northern region of the country.
The Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) program is considered as one of the pragmatic strategies for achieving universal health coverage of a basic package of essential primary health services and has gained international recognition.
The US Ambassador said this underscores the commitment of the America government to community health. He noted that, “we believe that these compounds brings health care to communities and very important for maternal and child health”.
He added that “in addition, I have been looking at education programs in the region, I visited a school today where emphasizing phonics in local languages, reading in local languages in the primary schools and the children were doing very well after four months I visited the primary one class, it is evident to me that, the investment we are making together with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service is working and the teachers were excited and there were obvious enthusiasm and the way they were engaging with the children was different according to them than previously”.
His Excellency Robert Porter Jackson made these comments during a courtesy call on the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Sa-eed Tuesday night at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC). He mentioned the other area he talked to the minister about is the agriculture sector.
He said the bulk of US investment in agriculture is here in the northern region, through the Resilience in Northern Ghana program, the SPRING program, the RING program and the Small Scale irrigation program which is very much in line with the one village, one dam program.
“We are doing a lot in irrigation, we have the seed testing factory here, we are also working with SARI on maize varieties that are drought resistance, so a lot of different activities” he stressed.
Oh his part, the Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Salifu Sa-eed commended the US government for their enormous support to the region. He lamented the one key factor that undermines the development of the northern region is the conflict situation.
He bemoaned further that, youth unemployment is also a security threat in the area, as many of the youth are engaged in party politics and other social vises which undermine the peace of the area. Mr. Salifu Sa-eed urged the US high commission to support in that regard in order to turn the youth into productive ventures.
He said these are people who have potentials to improve on their own socio-economic conditions and that of the northern region. He noted that, investors from the US and Europe can tap into the vast investment potentials in the area, adding that, the region has vast land which can be used for the cultivation of many exportable crops.
He further admonished the US Ambassador to consider luring big processing factories in the US to invest in the shea butter industry in the region. “Your Excellency, we have the base and raw materials here and all we need are off takers to buy the produce and send them to the international market. Many of the women here engage in shea butter processing in small quantities but if their capacities are developed with up to day techniques, they can produce in large quantities and feed the big factories abroad, especially in the US. I am considering sending some of the women to the US for this annual trade fair and seminars for them to interact with industry players over there and also get business partners to enhance their trade” he stated.
Mr. Salifu Sa-eed however indicated that, the Akuffo Addo government is committed to partner with the US government to develop the youth through the agribusiness industry.
story by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com/Ghana, Tamale