THE German Ambassador to Ghana, Dr Marius Haas, and the Berekum Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Lord Stephen Oppong, have jointly inaugurated a hospital at Jinijini in the Berekum municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The hospital, which was initially a rural clinic, now has male, female and maternity wards, a child welfare clinic, a pharmacy and offices for paramedics.
Apart from the people of Jinijini, the hospital will also serve communities such as Fetentaa, Ayimon, Abi, Domfete and Nsapor.
The facility is among a number of projects financed by the German government in the Berekum municipality at a cost of GH¢547,046.24.
The other projects are a market shed and a warehouse at the Berekum Thursday Market and a kindergarten block for the Senase Methodist Primary School.
Speaking at the inauguration of the clinic, Mr Oppong appealed to the German government to assist the assembly to put up a community health nurses training school in the municipality to help train community health assistants to serve in the area.
According to him, the Nursing and Midwifery Training College in the municipality seldom admitted natives of the municipality due to the competitive nature of admission procedures.
He said the effect was that almost all the graduates of the school left the municipality, leaving the clinics without nurses.
Mr Oppong further appealed to the Ministry of Health to post a doctor and other paramedics to the clinic.
The Member of Parliament for Berekum, Mr Kwaku Agyenim Boateng, and the former MCE, Mr Kwabena Kyere Yeboah, also thanked the German government for the gesture.
They called for teamwork, since development could not take place if there was no co-operation from stakeholders.
At the ceremony, the Chief of Jinijini, Nana Baffour Tutu Asare II, enstooled Dr Haas as the development chief of the town and he was subsequently presented with a stool, Kente cloth and a pair of native sandals.
Dr Haas expressed the hope that the facility would go a long way to enhance health delivery in the area and thanked the chiefs and people of Jinijini for the honour done him.
He later presented a first aid box to the Jinijini Hospital.
Nana Tutu Asare, who is also the Akyempimhene of the Berekum Traditional Area and chairman for the function, expressed his appreciation to the government and the people of Germany for the facility and appealed to the German Ambassador to help construct a doctors’ bungalow to facilitate the posting of a doctor to the area.
Earlier, Dr Haas, accompanied by his wife, had visited the Berekum Light Industrial Area where he interacted with members of the garages association who had also benefited from GTZ training to build their capacities.
The Chairman of the Berekum Garages Association, Mr Ali Mohammed, expressed gratitude to the GTZ for the support which had transformed the area into an attractive working environment.