From Inusa Musah, Tema .
The youth of Tema Newtown have pressed the alarm bells of a demonstration should the Tema Assembly fail to give the area a befitting hospital.
Tema Newtown has one dilapidated health center, and, according to the indigenes, pressure they had mounted, including a demonstration, to get their 49-year-old health center upgraded to hospital status had been fruitless.
The health facility, with leaking roofing and few beds and wards, according to Doctor Joseph, Medical Director of the facility, is, indeed, in dire need of rehabilitation.
Titus Glover, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema East, though had lobbied the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) to upgrade the Tema Newtown health center to hospital status, and land had already been secured for the project, the youth said they could not believe their MP.
Therefore, at a town hall meeting at Tema Newtown, organised by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), one of the youth raised the concerns of the indigenes, adding that the health personnel did not work at night.
“We will go on a demonstration again in two weeks’ time, should we not see any activity for a new health facility,” the youth said, receiving loud applause from the gathering.
In his response, Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) Chief Executive, said the Tema Traditional Council (TTC), MP, and Assembly are collaborating to put up a well-equipped hospital for Tema Newtown.
“And, let me add that Tema Lube Oil is ready to open a Dental Clinic as part of the new design for the new Tema Newtown Hospital,” he assured the indigenes of Tema Newtown.
He implored the youth to exercise huge restraint in order not to truncate the smooth collaboration the TTC, MP and Assembly are presently engaged in, as well as the Assembly lobbying with other companies to pool their resources to assist in the projec