The Salvation Army Health Centre at Anum in the Eastern Region has seen a face lift as Dr. Samuel Owiredu Yeboa, a member of Light to Africa Foundation International, a Ghanaian NGO based in Toronto, Canada, has refurbished, donated beds and medical equipments to the maternity ward of the health centre.
Dr. Owiredu, in his speech, noted that he embarked on such a project in honouring his late mother and also to give a decent environment to patients and nursing mothers who use the facility.
“We must give back to the communities where we came from and not leave all burdens on the government since that will hinder the progress of our country for there’s more blessing in giving,” he said. He ended with a promise of commitment to do more anytime there is the need.
The Medical Director of the health centre, Major Isaac Aye in a speech said the maternity block of the health centre takes care of about 150 to 180 women yearly but has for years seen no renovation. “There have been countless complaints from workers of the facility anytime we meet with them,” he said.
He therefore urged individuals and corporate organizations to emulate such gestures and also channel budgets meant for social responsibilities to support projects in needy communities. “I urge corporate Ghana and individuals to come to the aid of the community in their quest to rescue the facility which is the main health centre that serves the people,” he said.
The Chief of Anum, Nana Afum, also pleaded with the natives, both home and abroad, to support with developmental projects. “We want to build a theatre for the centre and I will work with the indigenes to bring this project to a reality,” he added. He showed appreciation for the gesture and asked government to act swiftly to the plight of the people.
The event saw the first birth of a baby girl who was named after Dr. Owiredu’s late mother, Edith Margaret Aboagyewa as a show of appreciation for his gesture. The occasion was also graced with a colourful durbar of chiefs, members of Light to Africa Foundation International and indigenes of Anum.