17.07.2004 Politics

Edumadze cautions trouble shooters

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Breman-Essiam (C/R), July 17, GNA- Mr Isaac Edumadze, Central Regional Minister on Friday said there would be many speculations with a view to creating panic and confusion in the country as the election draws near.

He said the government was committed to free and fair elections, and would not hesitate to take appropriate and prompt action against those who might attempt to disrupt the elections.

Mr Edumadze was speaking at the inauguration a new recovery ward for Breman-Essiam Health Centre in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam (AEE) district on Friday.

The recovery ward, which cost 371.9 million cedis with funds provided by the government of Japan has a female, male and children's wards, bathrooms, water-closet places of convenience and rest rooms for nurses.

The Regional Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament of Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, urged all to defend the current democratic dispensation being enjoyed by Ghanaians to enable the country remain the most cherished nation in the sub-region. He expressed gratitude to the government of Japan, through the Ambassador for its support in the construction of the ward, and commended the chiefs and people of Breman-Essiam for their communal spirit.

Mrs Kazuko Asai, the Ambassador, said she was glad that her government had contributed towards the establishment of a health centre that served about 36,000 people.

She expressed the hope that the assistance would further strengthen the cordial relations existing between the two countries. The Ambassador commended the people of the area for the importance they attached to the project which influenced them to complete it three months ahead of schedule.

In a related development, Mr Kenneth Obempong, District Chief Executive (DCE) for AEE presented hospital equipment worth 240 million cedis for distribution to health facilities in the district at Ajumako. The items included a blood bank fridge, electric centrifuge, hepatitis 'B' and 'C' kits, electronic balance, water distillation machines, 'jumbo' poly-tank, and oil emersion microscope.

Receiving the items, Dr Akis Afoko, the district director, Ghana Health Services (GHS), thanked the district assembly for the donation, and promised that the items would be distributed fairly, and used judiciously.

Nana Kwamina Esi IV, regent of Breman-Essiam who presided, appealed to the Japanese Embassy to assist the centre with an ambulance to facilitate health care delivery in the district.

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