A group of MSc. Development Management students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have donated a water storage facility and some medical equipment to the Kpeduhoe CHPS compound in the Akatsi North District of the Volta region.
The group, known as the Development Pioneers made the donation, following a need assessment conducted at the Health Centre by the students and community members.
In a brief handover sensitization ceremony with the people of Kpeduhoe, Mr. Samuel Vincentson-Tublu – leader of the group, mentioned that during the need assessment, it was observed the health centre in the community lack water storage facilities and other basic health equipment and that this do not promote proper hygiene practices at the facility.
Therefore, in contributing to the realization of the SDGs 3 and 6, the students donated a 2000 litre capacity Polytank, weighing scale, thermometer gun, BP apparatus and hand sanitizers to the health centre.
He reiterated that “the initiative forms part of the MSc. Development Management Program -Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy course which seeks to empower community members to improve their living standard”.
Receiving the items, the nurse-in-charge of the facility, Mrs. Mavis Ann Parku, thanked the students for the gesture and assured them that the items would be put into good use. She used the opportunity to appeal to the government, corporate bodies and individuals to come to their aid in equipping the facility.
The students include; Wisdom Vordzorgbe, Okpantey Eunice, Samuel Oppong kwabiah, Reuben Mawuli Afetsi and Samuel Vincentson-Tublu.
The group used the opportunity to sensitize about 600 community members on the causes and effects of climate change and the importance of tree planting.
To mark the event, 10 coconut trees were planted at the Health facility in collaboration with Zoomlion workers and placed under the care of some volunteer community members.
The trees were named after the nurses at the CHPS compound for their selfless dedication in health care delivery in the community for the past 6-years.