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Education and Communication Ministers tour projects in Central Regions

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The Minister of Education, Mr Alex Tettey-Enyo and his colleague at the Ministry of Communication, Mr Haruna Iddrissu on Tuesday toured various government projects in Central Region and called for judicious execution of work.

The Ministers visited a newly constructed $1.2 million Regional Teaching Hospital, which would support the training of medical doctors at the University of Cape Coast, School of Medical Sciences (UCCSMS).

Facilities at the hospital include an auditorium, diagnostic centre, a teaching and learning centre, an office block and a pavilion.

Mr Iddrissu said the project was in fulfilment of President John Evans Atta Mills pledged that the medical facility in Cape Coast would be upgraded to a teaching hospital status.

He said the new hospital would reduce the burden of students of the medical school who had to travel to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra or the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi for their clinical training.

Mr Iddrissu said government would help the UCCSMS to ensure that the school was adequately equipped to support in developing the manpower needs for the health sector.

The Communication Minister expressed gratitude to Airtel Telecommunications Network who as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility decided to finance the project and called on other private entities to do the same.

The two Ministers jointly inaugurated a newly constructed Library Connectivity project by the Ghana Investment Fund for Communications (GIFEC) for the Central Regional Library, in Cape Coast.

Mr Tettey-Enyo said the facility, which is furnished with internet-connected computers would offer the much needed computer literacy and skills to the community as well as enhance quality education and learning.

He said it would also go a long way to make Ghana part of the growing world of information and communication technology.

The Administrator of GIFEC, Mr Kofi Attor said the aim of the project was to bridge the digital divide between the served and underserved communities in the country.

He said the idea was also to reduce the volume of books on library shelves and rather use the internet to make learning faster and much easier.

He expressed the hope that in the next three years, the rest of the 65 district libraries would be supplied with computers, saying the projects were being supported by the Ghana Library Board, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth as well as Ghana Post.

Source: GNA

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