A medical outreach by the Old Mawuli Students Union (OMSU) at Blidokope, a community in the Adaklu-Anyigbe District, on Saturday saved the life of a four-year-old boy who was critically ill with malaria.
Bright Lugudor arrived at the Local Authority Primary School in the village, where the medical team pitched camp, strapped at his mother’s back unconscious.
Lugudor, whose condition was treated as an emergency, within minutes, regained consciousness as his tense mother, Mad Victoria Boakye, looked on with delight.
The outreach was part of activities to mark the 60th anniversary celebration of Mawuli School in Ho.
Madam Boakye told the Ghana News Agency that the boy had been vomiting for the past three days with very high temperature and said she had no money and had not registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Madam Boakye said on hearing news of the outreach, she trekked, sometimes breaking into trots, for close to an hour from her cottage to get to the health screening venue.
She said she had tried to treat her son with some herbs but to no avail and expressed her gratefulness to the organizers of the outreach programme.
Dr. Timothy Letsa, the Volta Regional Director of Health Services, the Leader of the team, said Lugudor’s case could have been fatal.
He said the commonest ailments in the settler community, a difficult-to- reach area, were malaria and worm infestations.
Some 200 children were vaccinated and 406 children and adults screened of various ailments and treated.
Centre for National Culture to create jobs in Brong-Ahafo
The Brong-Ahafo Regional Office of the Center for National Culture (CNC) is to partner the Regional Office of the National Youth and Employment Programme to create 200 jobs in weaving, tailoring and hairdressing next year.
Mr. Waksman Azaanab, Regional Director of the CNC, said the partnership was in addition to educational programmes the center intended to undertake to promote all the good cultural practices in the region.
He said this at a ceremony to mark the celebration of the Regional Festival of Arts and Culture (REFAC) in Sunyani.
Mr Azaanab said Ghana had lost its cultural foundation and that there was the need for all and sundry to come together to revive it.
“On water, we have taboos for the preservation of our water bodies but modernism and the eschatological leanings of our churches are turning these practices overboard”, he said.
“A practical example of our culture in development is sanitation”, Mr. Azaanab stated, and expressed concern about indiscriminate dumping of refuse “while our technical officials always propound new theories far away from our cultural domain”.
He said it was in appreciation of the region’s contribution to the development of national culture that the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture had approved to celebrate the 2012 national festival of Arts and Culture in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
In a speech read for him, Mr. Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, appealed to chiefs to rekindle the spirit of oneness and togetherness and place the region at the center of all their actions and thoughts.
He said there was the need for chiefs to eschew tendencies that would seek to derail the efforts of the government in “building upon the past to achieve the Better Ghana Agenda”.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo said the Brong-Ahafo Region was gradually becoming a tourism hub and boost of the Boabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary, Kintampo and Fuller water falls, Tano sacred grove, Buoyem caves and bats colony as well as Bono-Manso slave market and Hani archeological site among others.
He said what is now important as a region was how to blend these potentials with local expertise and technology to add value to them to make them more attractive for patronage in order to boost the local economy.
Okogyeade Yaw Adusei III, Omanhene of Sankore who presided, appealed to traditional rulers to use culture to change the attitude of the youth especially in the area of dressing.