Balungu CHPS compound receive new maternity block
A maternity block has been donated to the Balungu CHPs compound in the Tongo District in the Upper East to support deliveries of babies in communities within the catchment area.

Date Created : 6/29/2018 3:15:37 AM : Story Author : Irene Danso/

The Nubian Vault Maternity Block built with local materials has a labour room, delivery and wards, as well as toilets and baths valued at about GH¢97,000.00.

The project, which started in June 2017, was made possible by the Dr Nana Gruer Initiative Foundation, an NGO that has partnered the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in medical deliveries over the years.

Professor Lawrence David Gruer, a Scottish Public Health Specialist, speaking at Balungu, said the foundation was in memory of his late Ghanaian wife who was also a medical doctor and loved to help deprived communities.

Professor Gruer expressed the hope that the maternity block which was built by the Nubian Vault Association with funding from friends and organizations will address challenges of maternal care and new born deliveries.

Professor Gruer praised the medical team and individuals, especially, Dr Daniel Bangre, of Peal Deng, an NGO, that was instrumental in the construction of the facility, pledged continuous support to the district and the GHS to improve on medical health delivery in the area.

He praised the medical team at the facility for their hard work and donated a brand new motor bike to them to facilitate their routine monitoring engagements with the pregnant women who visit the facility.

Professor Gruer said the structure was eco- friendly and called on government to emulate that example to address the housing deficits and harsh climatic conditions confronting the country, especially in northern Ghana.

The District Chief Executive of the district Christopher Boatibil Sormifeyima, acknowledged the contributions the technology to the construction industry of the area.

He expressed government’s willingness to collaborate with the Nubian Vault Association to address housing challenges of Ghanaians.