Rotarians organise a project tour

By Elsie Appiah-Osei, GNA

Accra, Sept. 5, GNA
– Rotarians in Ghana hosted Rotarians all over the world for the Zone 20A
Institute, which took place at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra from August 28 to
September 4.

Rotary
International Zone 20A covers Rotary Districts in a greater part of Africa Zone
20A Institute, has 15 districts and Ghana is part of district 9102 which falls
under Zone 20A

In attendance was
the Rotary International President; John Franklin Gem from the United States,
representatives of the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation and a number of
International Directors.

As part of the
institute, District Governor Elects and their spouses received training and
visited some project sites in Tema.

Members of the
Rotary Clubs of Tema and Tema-Meridian, hosted the Spouses of the District
Governor Elects of Zone 20A; from different African countries including; Niger,
South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, Mauritius, Kenya, Madagascar and Uganda.

Some of the places
visited included the Tema General Hospital to access several projects being undertaken
by the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Tema including the Blood Bank, provision of
furniture for the Mothers Bay and hospital’s incinerator.

During the visit,
it was noticed that Incinerator which was used to treat the hospital’s waste
system had been burnt down since 2014; as such the hospital had out sourced
waste disposal to a third party company.

Welcoming the
spouses of the District Governor Elects, Dr Opoku Edusei, the Director General
of the Tema General Hospital, said the medical facility currently serves more
than 900 patients in the municipality.

He said the
management and disposal of hospital waste is a major concern of the hospital
administration.

“Hospital waste
which includes syringes, surgical equipment and waste, body parts, medicines,
chemicals when not treated and disposed of properly, exposes the whole
community to infections and other harmful long term effects,” he said.

Mr Mark Dei, the
President of the Rotary Club of Tema, told the team that GH₵ 100, 000 ($
25,000) would be needed to reconstruct the hospitals incinerator and put it
back to use.

He therefore
appealed to the state, public and corporate institutions to join hands with the
Club to address the challenge and assist the hospital to serve the community
better.

Members of the
clubs also visited the Power of Love Foundation, a children’s home in Community
5, Tema to donate books, food items and school packs to the children.

Ms Sedina
Matanawui, the President of the Rotary Club of Tema-Meridian, in her remarks
noted that the donation was part of the Club’s efforts to assist the home this
year.

She commended the
management and staff of the home for giving a safe place to 23 children by
helping them stay off the streets and educating them from infancy to junior
high school.

She also appealed
to organisations to join hands to support the home with an educational fund,
sponsorships and other donations to ensure these children grow up to become
responsible citizens and future leaders of the country.

Ms Matanawui noted
that Rotarians and Rotaractors would continue to visit the home and assist them
with counselling and other efforts.

Ms Rukaya
Ibn-Suleman, the President of the Rotaract Club of Tema-Meridian, also stated
that the school packs which consisted of a school bag, exercise books, pens and
other stationery aimed at encouraging the children to look forward to going to
school and to assist them in the new term.

Madam Amanda
Mensah, the Administrator of the home in her response, observed that the
donation was timely especially when it came just before the commencement of the
2016/2017 academic year.

She commended the
clubs for their benevolent gesture and assured them that the items would be put
to the best use.

Indicating some of
the challenges faced by the home, Madam Mensah appealed to the public for
assistance.

“We are in need of
a permanent accommodation since where we currently reside does not belong to
us, we also need financial assistance for the education and school fees of the
children, funding for health care, general upkeep and a 30- seater bus; since
we barely receive any support from our public and state institutions,” she
said.

The children
entertained Rotarians, Rotaractors and guests to good music and choreography as
they distributed snacks and food to them.

Mrs Margaret
Munene, the General Trainer of the Spouses of the District Governor Elects,
lauded Rotarians for their good work done in the country.

“We are very
impressed with the work Rotarians and Rotaractors in Ghana are doing and we
urge Ghanaians to support Rotary in serving humanity,” she said.

GNA

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