By Hafsa Obeng, GNA
Accra, Feb. 14, GNA – The Greater Accra
branch of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) as part of activities to mark the
2020 National Chocolate Day, donated some chocolates and cocoa products to the
La General Hospital.
About 200 bars of chocolate and other cocoa
products were distributed to the in-patients. The gesture was a way of
expressing love to the patients of the hospital, to make them have a feel of
Mr Charles Obeng, GTA Greater Accra Regional
Manager, said to mark National Chocolate Day, which coincides with the St.
Valentine Day, the GTA in partners with the Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) and
COCOBOD, promote the consumption of chocolate, which is produced in Ghana.
He said cocoa was an essential part of
Ghanaian story with its unique history and socio-economic benefit, adding that
its health benefit cannot be over emphasized.
He said they were at the Hospital to
distribute some chocolate and cocoa products to the in-patients especially the
children, since they believed that giving out cocoa was the preferred gift for
the celebration of valentine.
“We are excited to see the joyful
expressions on their faces after receiving the chocolate, and this shows how
chocolate can have a positive impact on the lives of people.
Mr Obeng urged all to celebrate the season
of love by purchasing a bar of chocolate or any cocoa product for loved ones.
Dr Abena Tetteh, Acting Medical
Superintendent, La General Hospital, receiving the items congratulated the GTA
for their dedication and commitment over the years towards making chocolate a
preferred gift for Valentine’s Day.
She expressed appreciation to the GTA for
having the hospital and patients at heart, and for putting smiles on the faces
of patients during this day of love.
The National Chocolate Day is celebrated to
change the widely held perception of the promotion of immoral conducts among
the youth most especially on Valentine’s Day.
Ghana rebranded it National Chocolate to
promote the consumption of made in Ghana chocolate, with the main objective of
boosting domestic tourism, promoting it consumption and other Cocoa based
The celebration of the day also aims at
creating awareness for Ghanaians to appreciate the health benefits of
Chocolate, and to promote Ghana as the preferred chocolate destination.