Sunyani (B/A), Feb. 28, GNA – Mr. Thomas Cudjoe, Sunyani Municipal Nutrition Officer, has charged the 10–member volunteers assigned to distribute and fix mosquito nets in homes at Nkwabeng South Electoral Area in Sunyani Municipality to do so free of charge.
Speaking at a mini durbar attended by some residents, chiefs and opinion leaders of the area, at which issues affecting the development of the community were discussed, the nutrition officer said the real purpose for providing the mosquito nets to residents would be defeated if the volunteers demanded payment from residents for fixing their nets.
He cited that some volunteers in some areas in the country were alleged to have demanded money in payment for similar work done, but cautioned that such attitude would not be tolerated in the locality.
The nutrition officer asked the people to keep proper maintenance of the environment to help check the spread of diseases.
Mr. Cudjoe asked the people to do well to select reputable and honest people as volunteers for the assignment.
Mr. Francis Osei Mensah, Assembly Member, appealed to the residents to rekindle their communal spirit and support each other for the total development of the community.
He expressed concern about the upsurge of armed robbery in the area and announced plans to set up a neighbourhood watch dog committee to check the menace.
“We intend to collect GH¢ 10 from each household for provision of streetlights as part of efforts to check the incidence of armed robbery”, he stated.
The Assembly Member reiterated the call on the people to keep the environment clean to check the outbreak of an epidemic and to promote sound health.
Dr. Paulina Appiah, Sunyani Municipal Health Services Director, said under the Community Health Planning Service (CHPS) initiative, there were plans to post a community health service nurse to cater for the area.
She explained that the nurse would help educate members of the community about preventive health practices as well as how best mothers could take proper care of their babies and other children.
Other health related issues they would enlighten people on are hypertension and abortion, since only last year, 40 cases of the disease (hypertension) were recorded in Brong–Ahafo, whilst 76 cases of infant mortality was also recorded during the same period, out of which 20 died out of abortion, Dr Appiah added.
The Municipal health director said the distribution of the mosquito nets, a donation from the United Kingdom government, would be carried out from March 20 to March 30 this year.
Dr Appiah said a list of interested residents would be compiled and urged the residents to co-operate with the nurse, who was introduced at the durbar.
Nana Kyere Acham, Odikro of the community, who presided, urged the people to embark on communal labour to help clean the environment.