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Regional News of Thursday, 15 July 2010

Source: GNA

Australian High Commission to commission projects in Upper East

Bolgatanga, July 15, GNA - Billy Williams, Australian High Commissioner, would visit the Upper East Region by the end of July to commission some Australian sponsored projects.

The Australian High Commission is sponsoring a number of projects in the region including the provision of solar lamps and fridges to Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) and schools in some deprived areas.

Support in Northern Ghana Africa (SINGh Africa), an NGO, is the lead implementing agency of the Australian High Commission's projects.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga, Mr Frank Adabre, Project Manager of SINGh Africa, indicated that the Australian High Commission since 2007 had provided solar power generating systems and fridges to CHPS Compounds in many districts in the region.

Some of the beneficiary communities are Talensi-Nabdam, Garu-Tempane, Bolgatanga Municipal and Kassena Nankana East Districts.

He indicated that apart from the health facilities in remote areas being able to store and preserve health items meant for the treatment of people, health workers could use solar lamps in the night and energy chargers to power their television sets and charge their mobile phones.

Mr Adabre said the system had encouraged health staff and teachers to stay in the rural areas.

He explained that in addition, most deprived schools in the districts were benefiting from the solar energy lamps where students were able to use them to study in the night.

The Project Manager said for the past three years his outfit through Northlite Energy Company with sponsorship package from the World Bank had provided 600 individual homes and schools with energy lamps and bulbs.