A WELCOME ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE GREATER ACCRA REGIONAL MINISTER,

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A WELCOME ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE GREATER ACCRA REGIONAL MINISTER, HON. NII ARMAH ASHIETEY AT THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION OF THE COMPLETED CHINA –AIDED 100- BED GENERAL HOSPITAL AT THE FORECOURT OF THE CHINA-AIDED TESHIE 100-BED GENERAL HOSPITAL, TESHIE ON TUESDAY 21ST DECEMBER, 2010 AT 2:00 P.M

MR. CHAIRMAN

YOUR EXCELLENCY VICE PRESIDENT JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA

YOUR EXCELLENCY CHINESE AMBASSADOR

HON. MINISTER

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OF HEALTH

HON. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

HON. MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE

NIIMEI KƐ NAAMEI

HEALTH DIRECTORS

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS

FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

It is indeed a great honour and a previlege for me and the people of the Greater Accra Region to have H.E. the Vice President of the republic of Ghana jion us on the occasion of the offficial inauguration of the completed 100-bed General Hospital project.

This beautiful complex was made possible through the benevolence and assistance from the Chinese Government and her people. It is certainly a project which aims not only to increase our health infrastructure stock but most importantly compliment government’s effort in making health care accessible to our people.

I wish to warmly welcome His Excellency and his entourage to the inauguration of this very impotant project. I also wish to extend my heart felt gratitude to His Excellency the Chinese ambassador, Messrs China Geo-Engineering Corporation as well as the Government and the people Republic of China for their assistance in ensuring that this edifice sees the light of day.

On behalf of the people of Ghana, Greater Accra Region, and on my own behalf, I wish to commend the contructors for this wonderful job which was constructed in a record time. We say to them “Ayekoo”.

It is significant to note that this project by the government and the peoples Republic of China reinforces the bilateral corporation that exit between the Government of Ghana and the Peoples Republic of China. Indeed, Ghana-China cooperation dates back 50 years and has been accelarated by the growing ties between H.E. President John Evans Atta Mills and H.E. President Hu Jintao. It is this growing ties that is bringing the benefits we are witnessing today.

Ladies and Gentlemen, in recent times, relations between China and Ghana have been growing from strength to strength for our mutual benefit. One of such moves resulted in a grant of $4.5 million from China to Ghana to be used in any project of Ghana’s chioce. Indeed, before that grant, China gave $10 million to Ghana for the construction of new offices for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and NEPAD to be built near the Airport city in Accra. Not too long ago, the Ada District Hospital in the Dangme East District Assembly was also constructed with assistance from the Chinese Government. In addition to the above, the Chinese Government also provided support for the construction of a Primary School at the Odorgonno Senior High School, in the Ga South Municipal Assembly.

Ladies and Gentlemen, today, despite many post independence accomplishments, Ghana faces numerouse infrastructural challenges that deeply affect our peaple’s health. Our peaple also suffer from poverty, AIDS, ecological problems, and rapid urbanization. Such difficulties contribute in damaging the function of our health care systems, which depend upon a sopgisticated and well-maintained infrastructure.

It is in the light of these dire circumstances, that our health-care polycymakers urge more cooperation and unity between Ghana and othe Development Partners. To this end, I must say that I am delighted by the contribution made by the Government and the Peaples Republic of China to complement the effort of the Government of Ghana in the health sector.

Mr. Chairman, our Government’s slogan for Health is Promoting health: Preventing Diseases”. This combination is to support healthy lifestyle and to promote disease prevention. The health profile of Ghana is low and it is characterized mainly by the prevalence of poor nutrition, poor environmetal sanitation and unsafe water supply.

The mission of Government towards the health sector is to fulfil society’s interest in assuring conditions in which persons can have access to good health care and be healthy.

I wish to encourage ourself to prevent illness because as the saying goes “prevention is always better than cure”. I wish to add that curative medicine is more expensive than preventive medicine. We should therefore be pro-active to ensure that our environment is clean and remove all sources of diseases expercially those that cause malaria.

I therefore call upon the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly in particular and all other Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to be up in doing to remove all mosquito breeding grounds in their localities.

Since curative medicine is expensive, I want to add my vioce to the call upon my people, to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme since it evidently clear that the provision of Health Care under the National Health Insurance Scheme is cheaper than the “cash and Carry”.

As you may all be aware some of the challenges facing our medical personnel include lack of adequate accommodation and the provision of other incentives. I therefore want to use this opprtunity to call upon our Chiefs and other land owning families to make land available to enable us build more residential for our medical personnel to be able to retain those proffessionals who would be posted to our hospitals.

Mr. Chairman, research is also a key activity of public health infrastracture in identifying opportunities to improve health, strengthen information systems and organisations, and make more effective and efficient use of resources. It is therefore in this vein that we must welcome the construction of this magnificent edifice which is not only to provide the routine medical facilities but will also offer research into malaria, the number one killer disease in Africa today.

I am hopeful that with some collaborative effort with the research facilities that is being provided at this hospital, we shall soon discover new methods of dealing with our number one enemy the malaria parasite.

Ladies and Gentlemen, at this juncture, it my pleasure and honour to thank the Government and the Peoples Republic of China and also to welcome all of you to the formalcommisioning of this project which aims at increasing our health care infrastructure.

Thank you very much for your attention and may God bless us all!!!

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