Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South Constituency, Haruna Iddrisu has inaugurated a Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) for the people of Kootingli and its surrounding communities in Tamale South Constituency, tasking them to get a child from the area to be sponsored to study nursing and come back to serve them.
The MP, who doubles as Minority Leader in Ghana’s parliament, while addressing the chiefs and people of the area on January 31, 2021 made the pledge at the event, adding that the health of his constituents is his priority.
According to him, the construction of the jew health facility has costed him about 210, 000 Ghana cedis today, which is a three (3) years contribution of his National Health Insurance Fund given to members of parliament.
He indicated that it was due to the delays in releasing the monies by government that resulted in the delay in completion of the project.
“I should have inaugurated the clinic at the later part of last year. I don’t want any actions that will deny you the opportunity of benefitting from the facility. Those who thought I was doing it because of votes, I am sure they will be convinced that elections are over and far from us. Saving a live is better than Politics”, he said.
“If there is a child from this community who is interested in becoming a nurse, bring him or her for me to sponsor him/her to complete and come back to serve you”, the MP assured the chiefs and people.
Lawyer Haruna Iddrisu however used the opportunity to advised the president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to be honest with Ghanaians as to when they will get the COVID-19 vaccines by going beyond his Sunday broadcast.
“My advice to president Nana Akufo-Addo is to go beyond the rhetorics of Sunday broadcast. What Ghanaians want to know and what Ghanaians want to hear, when is the vaccine coming to Ghana, and when are Ghanaians going to have access to it?”, he asked.
“This is what the president should be responding to. If we had to continue the measures of testing, isolation, quarantine and others. What can be reassuring to comfort Ghanaians is available in Ghana for use by Ghanaians. It is regrettable that we had to be waiting and depending on world bank to raise money for vaccine”, he added.
He also charged Ghanaians to do more in observing the safety protocols by Ghana Health Service (GHS), adding that the country can not continue to rely on foreign aide to fight the disease.