Drobo (B/A), March
31, GNA - The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama has called on African countries to
invest in the health, education, and the general development of adolescents to
benefit from its fast growing youthful population.
She said a well informed and educated population could accelerate the growth and prosperity of any nation and Ghana needs such core young people that are educated, confident, innovative and healthy for national development.
“We must consider all groups of people, including adolescent girls, persons with disabilities, young migrants, and all other marginalized groups in building the nation,” she said.
Addressing a durbar of Chiefs and people at Drobo in the Jaman South District of the Brong Ahafo Region, Mrs Mahama said investing in the youth was the most important strategy that Ghana could adopt to enable it have a healthy population that could contribute to the development of “our dear nation”.
The First Lady was in the district to present assorted medical supplies and equipment to the Drobo District Hospital in her bid to supplement government’s efforts of attaining universal healthcare for all Ghanaians.
MedShare of the United States of America is a major partner of the Lordina Foundation, headed by Mrs Mahama, in its nationwide medical supplies mission, which had so far taken the team to 48 hospitals in eight regions of Ghana.
She said because the health of the people was paramount and had a significant impact on the local economy and the country in general, her Foundation would continue to work in cooperation with other organisations, to support plans that would assist the underprivileged in society to access quality healthcare delivery.
“This I believe is important, because it would raise the health status and well-being of our communities, especially in relation to women and children,” Mrs Mahama said.
She, however, advised the people to keep their surroundings clean, especially as the rains set in, since an unclean environment was associated with diseases such as cholera.
“This year there is prediction that the rains will be heavy, and there is likelihood of flooding. Let us all clear the filth from our gutters and drains. We must also practice a high level of personal hygiene to prevent the outbreak of diseases”, the First Lady said.
She said as government works to address the drainage systems in the country, the citizens must also do their part to minimize the negative effect of the rains saying “the lives of all Ghanaians matter, and we do not want to lose even a single life, during this year’s rainy season”.
Nana Bofobene IV, Chief of Drobo, appealed to government to reconstruct the roads within Jaman District, most of which were in deplorable states.
He also called for the establishment of a cashew nut managing board to properly oversee activities of cashew production and export as this is the main occupation of farmers in the area.
The Chief further appealed to the people to avoid the politics of insults and use of abusive language on leaders saying there is the need to to stop “the radio phone-in programmes which are full of insults, especially as we prepare to go to the polls this year".
Mr Eric Opoku, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, informed the chiefs that government has given most of the roads to contractors to work on, saying that the Berekum-Drobo road had been given out to a contractor by name Mercers Adom who would start work soon.
Ms Grace Vire, Drobo South District Director of Health Services, who received the equipment on behalf of the hospital, thanked the First Lady for the gesture.