First Lady Mrs. Lordina Mahama has advocated for community health education as a major to tool to prevent the outbreak of diseases and promotion of good health. According to the First Lady, poor health status is a cause and consequence of poverty, hence, all must be educated on how to stay healthy.
She, therefore, called on stakeholders in the health sector, as well as health practitioners, to go round communities educating the people on how to stay healthy. Mrs. Mahama made the call when she interacted and donated medical items to the Polyclinic of Nkrankwanta in the Dormaa West District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
Being driven by the fact that no life must be lost due to lack of necessary medical supplies and equipment, the First Lady, through the Lordina Foundation, has provided health facilities with some basic equipment and medical supplies needed to ensure quality healthcare delivery.
So far, many districts in all ten regions of Ghana have benefited from such donations, made possible by the Foundation’s partners, MedShare USA. Addressing a gathering at Nkrankwanta, Mrs. Lordina Mahama noted that Ghanaians risk of not receiving quality healthcare if hospitals lack the basic equipment to enable them provide quality services.
“We, as a country, must work against losing lives due to lack of necessary medical supplies and equipment,” she said The First Lady said even though the government is committed to improving healthcare facilities across the country, it needs the support of all.
“The government, through its policy of transforming the health sector, has built more new hospitals, polyclinics, CHIPS compounds and expanded and retooled many existing ones. Government is committed to improving healthcare facilities across the country, but needs the support of other stakeholders in the health sector, NGOs and individuals,” she asserted.
The First Lady assured the people of Nkrankwanta that the government would continue the interventions in the health sector to ensure an even better system, as good health promotes happiness and wealth.
She commended health professionals, particularly, those working in the rural communities, saying, “you perform one of the critical roles in the march towards economic development of this great nation of ours.”
As Ghana goes to the polls on December 7, the First Lady used the occasion to call on the chiefs and elders of Nkrankwanta community to help promote peace before, during and after this year’s elections.
She said: “We must advise our youth to avoid violence as we approach the elections.”
The District Health Director of Nkrankwanta District Hospital, Veronica Asamoah Torto, was grateful to the First Lady for the gesture, saying it will go a long way to aid in the discharge of their duties.
In a welcome address, the Chief of Amasu Dormaa, Barima Dei Kusi Gyabaah, commended the First Lady and the NDC government for the development projects brought to the community. He mentioned projects such as schools, markets, lights, places of convenience and roads.
He, however, appealed to the government to open the border between Nkrankwanta and la Cote d’voire, since it generates much revenue. Nkrankwanta, which is the capital of the Dormaa West District, is located in the Western part of the Brong Ahafo Region, and has boundaries with La Cote d’Ivoire.
The proximity of the district to La Cote d’Ivoire promotes international trade and positive socio-cultural exchanges between the district and the Akan people living in La Cote d’Ivoire.
Responding to the appeal, the Deputy Minister for Sports, Vincent Oppong Asamoah, who is also the Member of Parliament for the area, said the Minister of Trade had written a letter to the Ghana Revenue Authority, instructing them to open the border, so they are waiting for the Ghana Revenue Authority to formally act on it.
The First Lady was accompanied by the Minister of Tourism, Elizabeth Owusu Agyare, Minister for Local Government Collins Dauda, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Eric Opoku, and NDC Women’s Organiser Hajia Zaynab Mahama.