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Health News of Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Source: GNA

NGO builds canteen for Nandom Hospital

Nandom, Nov. 2, GNA - The Foundation for Education Empowerment and Development (FREED), a UK non-governmental organisation (NGO), had built a canteen for Saint Theresa's Hospital at Nandom in the Upper West Region, at a cost of 35,000 pounds. Naa Dr. Puoure Puobe Chiir VII, Paramount Chief of the Nandom Traditional Area, who inaugurated the facility on Saturday, commended the FREED, UK, for the gesture. He said the canteen would serve patients of the Hospital, people in the Region and Burkina Faso. Naa Dr. Chiir also praised the NGO for establishing a Community Radio Station in the Nandom Township to educate the people on wide range of issues affecting them. He appealed to all citizens of Nandom to contribute to the development of the area. Madam Catherine Gyilko, a Deputy Director of Nurses, at the Hospital, who represented the Medical Director of the Hospital, said the NGO had sponsored the training of 10 nurses, who were rendering services to the people.

She said the NGO was also sponsoring the training of three persons at nursing colleges and called for more support for the hospital to enable it to provide quality healthcare. Mr. Ambrose Dery, Member of Parliament for the Lawra/Nandom, noted that civil society organisations and religious bodies such as the Catholic Church had contributed to the development of the Traditional Area. He commended the FREED for providing an ambulance and a neurologist for the hospital, who also works at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. Mr. Dery called women and other stakeholders to collaborate efforts to reduce infant and maternal deaths, to enable Ghana to attain the Millennium Development Goals. Miss Anne Hicks, a representative of FREED in Ghana, asked the people to consider the canteen as their property and ensure its regular maintenance. A 20-member delegation of the FREED, UK, comprising medical doctors, a dentist and a dentist nurse, laboratory technologists were among those who attended the inauguration.