2016 budget: Government to increase CHPS compounds

Government will seek to boost the accessibility of primary healthcare delivery in the country in 2016 as it has assured to secure more Community Based Health Planning and Services(CHPS) compounds in the Rural areas.

Finance Minister Seth Terkper says government is on its toes to ensure the establishment of an additional 1600 of such facilities across the country.

He made this known while presenting the 2016 budget in Parliament on Friday.

Mr. Terkper said “CHPS remains the main strategy for bringing community health service to the doorsteps of the people and also ensure the ultimate object of the health services sector to achieve universal health coverage.”

Statistics show only 2,580 CHPS compounds are presently functional across the country, though about 6,500 are needed.

Dr. Osei Kuffuor Afreh, the National Chairman of District Directors Of Health Services Group, believes deaths in rural communities in Ghana can be avoided if the CHPS were readily available.

By: Kasapafmonline.com/Ghana