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30.06.2008 Health

Ultra-modern medical centre for Tema

By The Statesman
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Tema will soon be given a massive boost in healthcare due to the establishment of an ultra-modern health care facility within the industrial area.

The project, which is expected to be completed by December this year, is being sponsored by the Tsakos Group, a bulk oil haulage conglomerate operating on the high seas of Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean.

This was disclosed by Captain Panayotis N. Tsakos at the consecration of the Saint Nicholas Chapel, an Orthodox Church situated at the coast side of Tema Newtown, by His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and spiritual head of the Orthodox Church.

He was convinced that Africa needs more attention and noted that the facility would be a place where people, regardless of religion or descent, could attend and receive periodic vaccinations and medical care from medical officers from Greece and Ghana.

Funding for the construction of the Orthodox Church was provided by the Tsakos Group and people who willingly donated various sums of money and equipment to make sure that what started as an idea was turned into reality.

Tsakos said the church was purposefully built to create a place of worship for commercial seafarers who docked at Tema, adding that this would help curb the practice of seamen moving from one drinking bar to the other and indulging in all sorts of unreligious activities.

The church building, a cute and splendid edifice of beautiful architecture, has a magnificent interior with gold chandeliers and candle-like electronic lighting system, custom-made pews made from expensive irroko as well as a state-of-the-art Venetian tiles, all imported from Greece.

The Tsakos Group has importantly participated in a number of activities, including the dredging and enlarging of the port of Tema, to enable it accept more and bigger vessels for the economic benefits of imports and exports.

The Chief of Tema Newtown, Nii Adjei Krakue II, expressed his profound gratitude to the Orthodox Church and the Tsakos Group and called on other shipping firms to follow what he termed exemplary exhibition of positive social responsibility.

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