A mechanised water facility has been commissioned at the Pentecost Community Clinic at Twifo Agona to provide safe drinking water for staff and patients of the Clinic.
The facility, which was financed by The Church of Pentecost Headquarters at the total cost of GHS 34,093.12, was commissioned on January 16, 2020, by Apostle Sylvester Arhin (Assin Foso Area Head) with assistance from Pastor Jones Afrifa Awuah (Dunkwa Area Head).
The Pentecost Community Clinic, Twifo Agona was established in 1989 and commissioned on June 14, 1991, by Prophet M.K. Yeboah (former Chairman of The Church of Pentecost). It is among the eight healthcare facilities operated by the Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS), a social ministry of The Church of Pentecost with an overarching goal to provide quality healthcare delivery to populations living in deprived areas in Ghana.
Since its establishment, the Clinic had been without access to safe drinking water for both staff and patients who patronised the facility.
For the past 31 years, the nurses and other staff, including patients, had to trek long distances to fetch water for use in the Clinic. Sometimes, women who came to deliver their babies had to carry water along from their homes. This situation created challenges for staff working in the facility and the patients.
This situation, thus, necessitated the construction of the water facility by The Church of Pentecost to provide easy access to potable drinking water for staff and patients as part of the “Possessing the Nations” agenda.
The construction of the facility is also in fulfilment of a Global Call to Action issued by the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) in 2018, to elevate the importance of and prioritise action on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in all healthcare facilities, including primary, secondary and tertiary facilities in both the public and private sectors.
The call recognises the vital role water, sanitation and hygiene play in preventing infections, saving lives, and improving the quality of care. According to UNICEF and WHO landmark report [JMP 2019], one in four health care facilities around the world lacks essential water services, impacting over 2 billion people.
Through the mechanised water facility, water has been extended into the premises of the Clinic (Consulting Rooms, ODP area, Wards and Washrooms) and to the Nurses’ Quarters. The water system has also been extended to some sections of the Twifo Agona community close to the Clinic. Twifo Agona is a rural community in the Twifo/Heman/Lower Denkyira District in the Central Region of Ghana.