The people of Nvellenu in the Jomoro District of the Western Region heaved a huge sigh of relief, following the commissioning of an ultra-modern hospital with ancillary facilities.
The state-of-the-art health facility will enable the people in the area to access quality healthcare.
Other surrounding communities in the Jomoro Municipal, Ellembele and the Nzema Districts will also benefit from the hospital, which was built under a partnership agreement between the Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC) and the Cuyahoga Valley Church from Cleveland, Ohio USA.
The construction of the hospital, which was influenced by the plight of the people of Nvellenu community and their inability to access healthcare, came at a cost of $760,000. This constitutes a major in-patient ward facility, which includes a radiology department, a 42-room two- storey staff quarters and a first-class theatre.
The hospital also houses a dispensary, pharmacy, emergency, maternity and recovery wards. Other facilities include an injection room, an ultra-sound scan and record offices, consulting rooms and a laboratory.
In a short remark after the commissioning, Vice President-in-charge of Administration at GBC, Reverend Washington Komla Darke, said the GBC exists to evangelise to the lost, disciple believers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, plant churches, train leaders and minister to meet the spiritual and socio-economic needs of people through strong and vibrant structures and institutions, and in cooperation with relevant bodies.
He said the convention and its International Mission Board partners for the past sixty years have complemented government effort in the provision of quality healthcare for the people of north eastern part of Ghana through the Baptist Medical Centre (BMC), Nalerigu.
Rev Komla Darke said the BMC serves as a district health facility with a bed capacity of about 180. And it is expected to increase to 300 by the end of the year.
He said the establishment of hospitals was in line with the vision and mission of the church, adding that, for the past 16 years, the Nzema Home Missionary has worked tirelessly to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people considered as unreached with the establishment of about 56 churches.
According to the man of God, for the past 4 years, the GBC Health Service has worked for the accreditation of seven health facilities by the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) including this hospital, and was mindful of the importance of addressing basic social needs from the grassroots level in order to ensure improved factors that will determine good and quality healthcare service deliveries.
“The GBC commits itself to continue to complement government effort of reducing maternal and child mortality rates, control the spread of preventable diseases such as HIV and AIDS, malaria and many more through its health facilities and programmes and hope that the convention’s collaboration with government will be enhanced for the benefit of the citizenry.”
The vice president said the CVC group recognised that healthcare facility was a critical need for the people of Nzema.
Team Leader of the CVC, Dr Ron P. Cleveland, said many hands had played a role in the planning, financing, and construction of the hospital.
He said there were also many people that deserved commendation for playing vital roles in the building project, especially Pastor Rick Duncan, the former Senior Pastor and Missions Director at Cuyahoga Valley Church, ‘whose vision and passion for global missions encouraged us all to come to Ghana.’
Dr Cleveland said God loves and cares for the people of Nzema and has chosen to express His loving-kindness for them with the building of the hospital.
He expressed the hope and prayer that for all who come to the hospital for care pass by on the road and those who hear about the hospital will cry out as a testimony of God’s love.
Story: Dennis ATO KEELSON
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