|Adolescent Health Centre For Gomoa Aboso|
|Wednesday, 12 May 2010 10:59|
A multi purpose Adolescent Reproductive Health Centre has been inaugurated at Gomoa Aboso in the Gomoa East District.
It will serve the young people of the Aboso community as well as surrounding communities, and also serve as an information point on their reproductive needs and requests.
In his welcome address, the District Chief Executive for Gomoa East, Hon. Isaac Kingsley Ahunu-Armah urged parents to monitor their children’s growth and development, especially on health and education, adding that Gomoa East was the second recipient of the Centre among one hundred and seventy Districts nationwide.
Hon. Ahunu-Armah called on the youth to spend their time profitably and make good use of the centre so as to ensure that their future is secured.
The Deputy Minister for Education, Mrs. Elizabeth Amoah-Tetteh stated that since the Centre provides information, the negative effect on these personal and academic progresses should be looked at, she however expressed the hope that parents will complement their efforts by being more responsible to their children.
Mrs. Amoah-Tetteh further appealed to the Assemblies and NGO’s to ensure that rain water harvesting and storage facilities are constructed so that schools lacking water can have access.
The District Director of the School Health Education Programme (SHEP), Mrs. Ellen Bernice Mensah said AIDS is destructive and is killing people in their most productive ages, thereby undermining efforts to educate the current generation and consequently robbing the nation of the benefits of education.
She urged the schools not only to be centres for academic learning but also supportive venues for the provision of essential health education services.
The Deputy Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Mrs. Crystal Clottey said adolescents are an important population group, with a great potential for physical, mental, psychological and social development and that it is a period for making difficult decisions that sometimes receive contradictory messages from their peers and others on how to address their daily challenges.
Mrs. Clottey finally recommended to the GES to collaborate with the GHS to plan and implement programmes for Adolescents to easily access health information and service in order to address the problems being faced.
The Member of Parliament for Gomoa East, Hon. Ekow Panyin Okyere said Ghana is a signatory to the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which included ensuring access of the child to health service and family planning, yet most people do not bolster it.
Hon. Okyere appealed to them to practice family planning, and thereby ensure a manageable family size for proper health care needs.
Source: ISD (Larry George Botchway, Gomoa East)