There are five health centres in the district and four clinics. These are manned by total staff strength of 55 comprising 50 technical staff and five support staff. Over the past few years there has been increased coverage in virtually all areas of health service delivery. Major cases requiring a medical doctor’s diagnosis are referred to the Tamale Regional Hospital.
The educational sector too has made remarkable progress in recent years despite a number of constraints. Now, the district has 18 pre-schools, 118 primary schools, 17 Junior Secondary Schools and two Senior Secondary Schools. There are 289 trained teachers in the district and 324 untrained teachers.
Quite a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and bilateral donors such as UNICEF, GDCP and SCHOOL FOR LIFE are collaborating with the District Assembly in the education sector. The Ministry of Education itself has undertaken the construction of a number of infrastructure facilities throughout the district.
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in Ghana periodically receive funds from Central Government as their share of National revenue to undertake various development programmes and other activities. These funds known as the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) is Seven and half-percent (7.5%) of Government annual total revenue which it set aside and allocated in tranches quarterly to the Assemblies. Significant support also comes from development partners such as the European Union now referred to as European Commission (EC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) among others.
The European Commission is a grouping of countries in Europe which as part of its contribution to tackling global poverty also makes financial and other resources available some Governments of developing countries including Ghana as part of their contribution to the deepening of democratic Governance in the beneficiary countries.
In 2004 for instance, the European Union (EU) earmarked about 8.5 billion cedis for the third phase of its micro-projects programme in the Northern Region alone to be channeled into Education, Health and sanitation and the provision of boreholes to rural communities. The CIDA on the other hand is Canada’s overseas development Agency which like the EU also makes budgetary support available to Ghana to undertake various development projects and programmes at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly level under its District-Wide Assistance Programme (DWAP).
Counterpart funding is expected in most cases. Other sources of support include the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFiJND), the CBRDP and the Northern Region Poverty Reduction Programme (NORPREP).
The Assembly has been able to undertake various development projects and programmes with support from all above most of which are completed. These include the following:
- Construction of a 3-unit classroom block at Bontanga – CBRDP
- Renovation and supply of Hospital equipments for Gburimani clinic-CBRDP
- Construction of 3-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at Tolon Model school-DWAP
- Construction of 3-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at Bogu-Paligu-DWAP
- Construction of a 4 classroom block at Kumbungu Senior High School –DWAP
- Construction of a three-bed room police accommodation at Tolon- DWAP
- Construction of a 6-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at Tindani - GETFUND
- Construction of a 6-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at Namdu - GETFUND
- Construction of 6-unit classroom block with facilities at Linbgun-Gurigu - GETFUND
- Construction of 6-unit classroom block with facilities at Gupanarigu- GETFUND
- Construction of 6-unit classroom block with facilities atTolon SHS-GETFUND
- Construction of DCE’s bungalow at Tolon-DACF
- Construction of DCD’s bungalow at Tolon – DACF
- Construction of Pipe Water system for six communities namely; Cheyohi No.l, 2, 3, Kpaliga Kpachi/Kokpeng and Balinkpeng communities –NORPREP
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