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Government restructuring School Feeding Programme, NHIS to be more effective

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The Government is restructuring the Ghana School Feeding Programme and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to make them to operate more effectively.

Mr Francis Kojo Arthur, Member of Parliament (MP) for Gomoa West who announced this said the Ghana School Feeding Programme was allocated to schools in the cities where they did not really need them.

“These are some of the problems the restructuring intends to correct,” said Mr Arthur when he addressed a durbar of chiefs and people of Gomoa Sampa in connection with the celebration of their annual “Ahobaa Kese” festival.

The MP said some unscrupulous members of the NHIS had turned the scheme into “a gold mine” which they had been exploiting to their advantage.

Mr Arthur expressed concern about the falling standard of education in the area and said he had instituted a scholarship scheme as a measure to encourage students to learn.

Mr Alex Ghunney, a nurse attached to the Sampa Community Health and Planning Services (CHPS) compound advised the people to sleep in mosquito nets to avoid the bite of the insect since malaria topped cases of illness reported at the health facility.

Miss Janet Ansah, a health assistant urged husbands to accompany their pregnant wives and lactating mothers to health facilities to enable the husbands to provide things recommended for the wife or baby at the health facility and also to help the wives in taking their medication.

Nana Okrah Tawia V, Sampahen said some citizens of the town who were residing in Germany had set up a company called Asaase Company to support the development of the town.

He said they had decided to establish a Bamboo Project in the town where artisans would be trained in various fields.

Mr Theophilus Aidoo-Mensah, Gomoa West District Chief Executive commended the chief and the people for their self-help initiative which was moving the town’s development at a faster rate.

He advised parents to invest in the education of their children to ensure them a better future.

The DCE commended Sampa citizens in Germany for planning for the development of their home town and advised other Gomoa citizens residing elsewhere to emulate their example.

In a related development, a six-unit teachers quarters constructed by the people of the town with support of Asaase Company of Germany was inaugurated.

Mrs Augusta Akyaa Sarpong, Gomoa West District Director of Education said accommodation had been one of the greatest problems hindering the posting of teachers to the communities.

She commended the community for taking a bold step to provide teachers with accommodation.

Mrs Sarpong said with the facility, teachers would have no excuse to offer for being late to school.

She appealed to teachers to take good care of the facility.

Source: GNA

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