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30.11.2005 Regional News

Awutu Bawjiase Orphanage registered for NHIS

By GNA
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Bawjiase (C/R), Nov 30, GNA - The inmates of the Awutu Bawjiase Orphanage in the Awutu-Effutu-Senya District of the Central Region, have been registered for the District Mutual Health Insurance scheme. Captain (Rtd) Joe Yeboah, Father of the Home, announced this when the Harmony Youth Club from Agona Swedru presented food and other items worth five million cedis to the Home at Awutu Bawjiase.

The items were rice, maize, sugar, cooking oil, teeth brushes, and four boxes of soap, toilet rolls and an amount of 400,000 cedis. Capt Yeboah said the Home had embraced the scheme and had registered all inmates to enable them to have access to quality health delivery. He said even though the Home had a nurse, serious sickness was referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra for further treatment.

The Home had established a preparatory school to offer inmates and the pupils from the community excellent tuition. Capt Yeboah said that in order to improve diet of the inmates the home had set up a poultry farm with 20,000 birds and was undertaking a livestock project.

He said 100 acres had been acquired for the cultivation of oranges, paw-paw, oil palm, mangos and other cash crops to generate funds to cater for the inmates.

The Father of the Home appealed to wealthy individuals and organisations to donate for their up-keep. Mr Stephen Gyandu, Chairman of the Club, said the members would continue to donate towards the upkeep of the children. He said it was good donate to orphans, adding that every child had the right to shelter, food, clothing, education and good health and pointed out that "these orphans are not receiving this from their parents but rather an outsider".

Mr Gyandu appealed to the people to continue donating to the home, saying, "nobody knows the future of these children who are either thrown away or abandoned by their parents for either economic hardship or other reasons best known to them". 30 Nov 05

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