25.01.2008 Regional News

Bawku Red Cross appeals for accommodation

By Ghanaian Chronicle
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THE BAWKU Municipal Organizer of the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS), Mr. Alhassan Evans Asaana, has appealed to the Municipal Assembly to provide the Society with a structure for accommodation to operate effectively.

The Organizer told Upper East File, in an interview, that the inability of the Society to put up a structure to operate in has compelled the 60-volunteers of the Society to operate under trees.

He also called for enough in-service training for the volunteers to enable them handle disaster situations, such as the recent Bawku violence.

Mr. Asaana disclosed that the Society at Bawku is the only one that has volunteers, who have acquired international training in handling disaster situations in the country.

He expressed worry at the lack of a well-equipped First Aid Box and a stretcher. According to him, these are very important in their day-to-day activities.

He, therefore, appealed to the municipal assembly, agencies and individuals to support the society with these logistics, to enable it operate smoothly and effectively at all times.

Recalling the tremendous service rendered by the volunteers, during the recent communal violence between the Kusasis and Mamprusis, Mr. Asaana said but for the timely and professional intervention of the volunteers, most lives would have been lost.

He said as a result of the violence, some health personnel at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital deserted the township.

This compelled him and his men to go to the aid of the victims, even to the extent of going beyond their normal duties of giving first aid, to nursing wounds and handling minor ailments.

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