The Member of Parliament MP for Daffiama Bussie Issa in the Upper West region Dr Sebastian Sandaare has donated a Toyota Hilux pickup, 100 bags of cement and medical consumables worth one hundred and 76 thousand Ghana Cedis to the Bussie Health center. The donation forms part of efforts by the MP is to improve quality healthcare delivery for patient’s especially pregnant women in the area.
Speaking to the media after the donation, the MP for the area Dr Sebastain Sandaare noted that he is fulfilling his social contract with the constituents of Daffiama Bussie Issa as he has prioritize healthcare in every community as the area is one of the deprived district in the region.
Dr Sandaare said the vehicle is to augment and assist the only ambulance which is situated in the district capital Issa and serve as a community health emergency transport to improve primary health delivery in Bussie and its surrounding communities and promised to support Kojokperi Health centre and other health facilities in the district to reduce maternal mortalities.
The MP told pregnant women in the constituency that anyone who gets complications during delivery and referred to a higher facility should seek the services of an ambulance and promised to pay for the cost of transportation by the ambulance.
He indicated that although his government is in opposition, he will continue to develop the area and appealed to the chiefs and people of Bussie and the constituency to vote massively for him as Member of Parliament and the NDC’s Flagbearer John Mahama as President come December 7 to enable him continue to develop the district.
The Physician Assistant-Medical for Bussie Health Centre Emmanuel Boahene thanked the MP for the gesture shown the facility and indicated that the donation by the Member of Parliament has come at the right time to facilitate the movement of patients especially pregnant women who have suffered a lot of set backs over the past decades in the community when a patient is referred to higher facility in the region.
Mr Boahene said tricycle and motorbikes are the only available means of transport in the community and surrounding areas in transporting patients especially pregnant women to the facility which affects their healthcare. He said it takes several hours for a commercial vehicle to come to the facility to transport a referred patient to the Nadowli district hospital when they are called upon.
Mr Boahene who doubles as the Sub District Head said he has been appealing to the District Director of Health for a pickup vehicle for the Bussie Health Centre during the District’s Mid Year Health performance review but did not receive positive results and expressed shock at the quick response by the Member of Parliament.
Some women groups in the area who sang song of praises for the MP after the donation said they are grateful to Dr Sebastian Sandaare for providing the health facility with a vehicle to aid residents who gets sick especially pregnant women to have quick response to referral cases.
They called on all women and residents of Daffiama Bussie Issa to vote maasively for the MP and his Presidential candidate John Mahama to bring more development to the community and the district as a whole.
Research over the years has shown that delays in accessing health care contribute to maternal mortality in our health delivery system.
This intervention by is expected to remove the bottlenecks in carrying out emergency services by the facility.