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The facility comprises out- patients department, dispensary, a delivery ward, male and female wards, a consulting room and a three bedroom bungalow for the medical assistant.

 

The facility was constructed by the Green Tropic Group (GTG); an environmental non-governmental organisation based in the country and was financed by Hotel Chocolade/Chocolate Testing Club, a chocolate manufacturing company in the UK.

 

The National President of the GTG, Mr Stephen Osei Amakye said, since the formation of the NGO 34 years ago, it has been nursing and supplying  large quantity of cocoa seedlings at a reduced cost to cocoa farmers in a number of communities in the area which include  Osuben,  Obogu, Fodoa, Banka, Kofi Dedeh, Nsuta Awereaya and also plant trees  in the cocoa farms to enhance the environment.

 

He said the GTG is devoted to the enhancement of socio-economic well being of the country’s cocoa farmers through the promotion of environmentally sound farming principles and practices to increase their yield.

 

A representative of Hotel Chocolade /Chocolate Testing Club, Mr Adam Geleisky said the company decided to finance the construction of the health centre, to provide the health needs of the farmers in the area to enable them cultivate more cocoa for the chocolate industry in the UK.

 

He said the company would cooperate with the Ghana Cocoa Board and the Cocoa Research Institute to establish a purchasing company to purchase all the cocoa produced in the area to the chocolate manufacturing company in the UK to produce chocolate for sale and use part of the profit that would be made  to finance the needs of the people in the area.

 

Mr Geleisky advised the farmers to take good care of the health centre and adopt good farming practices and plant more trees to protect the environment from further degradation.

 

Inaugurating the centre, the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Anwi-Boasiako Sekyere, said the government alone could not provide all the needs of the people and therefore welcomed the assistance of e NGOs and the chocolate company in providing the health centre for the people to improve their health needs.

 

He urged the company to give the farmers fair prices of their cocoa to get the needed revenue for their yield to enhance their standard of living.

 

The Regional Minister said the road from Kwahu Praso to Osuben has been added to the cocoa roads rehabilitation project to facilitate the marketing of their produce. The health centre has been handed over to the Presbyterian Health Service to manage.

 

Later, Mr Geleisky and his female colleague, Ms Megen Roberts were enstoolled as development chief and mother of Osuben under the stool names of Nana Kofi Debrah II and Nana Amoakua Nkansah II.
 
 
Source: GNA