The Municipal Chief Executive for Sagnarigu in the northern region Hon. Hajia Mariam Iddrisu has expressed her joy over the selection of the Sagnarigu Municipality to benefit from the President’s 88 district hospitals to be built across Ghana.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwame Tamakloe, the MCE said the hospital when completed will help improve skilled delivery thereby preventing mother and child mortality during delivery.
She said it will also help improve upon health service performance in the municipality compared to sister-district, the Tamale metropolis.
It would be recalled that President Nana Akufo-Addo in his eighth address on Covid-19 to the nation on Sunday announced the construction of some 88 districts hospitals across the country.
He revealed that: “There are 88) districts in our country without district hospitals; we have six (6) new regions without regional hospitals; we do not have five infectious disease control centres dotted across the country; and we do not have enough testing and isolation centres for diseases like COVD-19. We must do something urgently about this. That is why the government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history. We will, this year, begin constructing 88 hospitals in the districts without hospitals,” he said.
The standard 100 -bed facilities which will be in districts without hospitals will also have accommodation for staff.
Hon. Mariam also reiterated her outfit’s commitment towards combating the pandemic by intensified education and provision of PPEs to the clinics and other health centers in the municipality.
Though a young municipality, the assembly has not relented their efforts in fighting the Corona Virus but rather has been one of the most effective and fiercest fighter of the pandemic in the northern region.
Last week, the Sagnarigu CEO together with the Municipal Information Service Department, Health Directorate and the Environmental Health Department today continued their intensified public sensitization and awareness creation about the deadly coronavirus, this was after The Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly announced a compulsory 14-day quarantine for residents of the municipality returning from the coronavirus pandemic hit regions of Ghana. The MCE called for all communities and families in the area to find separate rooms for any of their relations returning home from the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions for a period of 14 days.
She said during this period, strict social distancing should be applied with all returnees in the area.