Regina Benneh, GNA
Sunyani, Aug. 26 GNA – The Brong-Ahafo Region
has benefited tremendously in the provision of adequate educational
infrastructure and facilities under the almost eight-year rule of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mr Eric Opoku, the Regional Minister said this
when he addressed heads of department, traditional rulers, religious leaders,
political parties’ supporters, Municipal and District Chief Executives and the
public at the 2016 government for the people (G4P) forum in Sunyani.
The forum, on the theme: “Changing Lives,
Transforming Ghana,” aimed among other things at “creating a platform for the
Regional Coordinating Council, Ministries, Departments and Agencies and the
Municipal and District Assemblies to engage the people, outline government
initiatives and offer the citizenry an opportunity to interact with Ministers
of State for answers to issues of primary concern to them”.
He emphasised that laudable educational
measures like the provision of leaching and learning materials and other logistics
had resulted to the remarkable improvement in the education sector in the
Mr Opoku cited among others that to encourage
the boarding school system the region alone had been supplied with more than
40,000 student metal double beds and 80,000 mattresses to the senior high
schools to enhance sleeping conditions of students for better academic
Touching on health, Mr. Opoku said government
had done a lot to increase access to health services by the people because on
assumption of power in 2009, the region had only 226 health facilities but had
now been increased to 726.
There were less than 10 health training
institutions but these facilities have been increased to 11.
He said it included nine polyclinics and 450
Community-based Health Planning Services Compounds in addition to a
distribution of 45 pick-up vehicles and 1000 bicycles to the institutions and
staff of the sector.
He announced pupils in schools under the
school feeding programme are being registered freely by the National Health
Insurance Authority to guarantee provision ready access and affordable health
services for them.
Mr Opoku said besides helping to prevent
absenteeism through sicknesses, the rate of truancy would also be reduced to
attain quality standard of education in the region.