Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Woraso
THE District Chief Executive (DCE) for Sekyere East, Mr Philip Basoah, has called on the people of the district to strive to live under hygienic conditions to prevent the spread of diseases.
He said even though the National Health Insurance Scheme introduced by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government had gone a long way to address challenges in health financing, especially among the rural poor, it was always important to prevent diseases than finding ways of curing them.
Mr Basoah made the call when he inaugurated a GH¢20,000 20-seater vault chamber sanitary facility at Woraso in the Afram Plains portion of the district.
The Woraso community contributed GH¢12,000 to finance the project while the district assembly supplemented it with GH¢8,000.
Mr Basoah spoke seriously against the practice where people defecate freely in open places, warning that anyone arrested would be dealt with by the law.
He said the assembly’s bye-laws on sanitation would be enforced to the letter in order to ensure a clean environment.
Mr Basoah stated that the development projects the district had enjoyed under the President Kufuor administration was unpecedented in the history of the district.
He, therefore, urged the people to continue to support the government to provide more projects to enhance their living standards.
Mr Basoah stressed the importance of the National Youth Employment Programme and said the Talk Time Tax, which the government intended to introduce, would help improve the programme to help address the employment problems of the youth.
The DCE called on the people of the newly-created district to brace themselves up to confront the initial challenges that might arise from the creation of the Kumawu Afram Plains District.
The new district, which is yet to be inaugurated, was carved out of the present Sekyere East District, with Kumawu as the district capital.
Mr Basoah said the creation of new districts normally came with some problems, and the ability to overcome them depended largely on the people.
He advised the people to take good care of the sanitary project by ensuring its regular maintenance.
He also commended individuals such as Nana Aboagye of Iron Birds Company Limited in Kumasi who contributed in diverse ways to ensure the completion of the project.
Woraso Krontihene, Nana Dua Agyeman, commended the government and the district assembly for their commitment to the development of the area.
He cautioned the people against setting fire indiscriminately in the bush to avoid the spread of bushfires.