The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has received twenty-six (26) Nissan pickup trucks from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to support healthcare services delivery in the 3 regions of the north.
The vehicles were handed over to the GHS at a short ceremony on January 4, 2019.
The beneficiary districts in the Upper East region are: Pusiga, Binduri, Nabdam, Kassena,Nankana West, Builsa North, Builsa South and Bongo Districts. Others are the Bawku and Bolgatanga Municipalities.
In the Upper West region, the districts that benefitted include the Sissala West, Wa East, Wa West , Jirapa, Daffiama Bussie Issa, Nadowli-Kaleo , Lambussie and Sissala East districts.
In the Northern region, the pickup trucks were distributed to the following districts: Mion,
Sawla/Tuna/Kalba, Karaga, Saboba and the Central Gonja Districts. The other districts were Chereponi, East Gonja and Zabuzugu.
The Director General of GHS, Dr Anthony-Nsiah Asare, beaming with smiles, revealed that with this support, all districts in the Upper West Region now have been fully covered, thereby meeting their vehicle target of ‘ 1 district 1 pickup’ in the region.
“Ghana as you know is poised to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) at primary health care level by 2020 ahead of the deadline of the 2030 through the support of partners and other stakeholders,” he added.
He also asked the Regional Directors to note that the vehicles are by no means personal vehicles for District Directors and as such, under no circumstances should they be misapplied. Managers were also entreated to ensure good safety and regular maintenance of the trucks.
The Director General assured that allocation letters of the vehicles will soon be sent to the managers, indicating the comprehensive insurance premium payable and the date for collection.
The GHS extended its heartfelt gratitude to JICA for the vehicles.