Street Academy inaugurates health post
The Street Academy, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that takes care of street children, has inaugurated a GH¢100,00 health post to take care of the health needs of the children.
Situated at the Arts Centre in Accra, the facility would enable easy access and proper health care for children and residents of the community.
It has units that would take care of the mental health and nutritional needs of children and pregnant women in the community, as well.
Speaking at the function, the General Manager of Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Deborah Sivertsen, said last year she paid a visit to the school and saw the dilapidated wooden structure the school’s clinic was operating in.
She said this informed the decision of her outfit to organise a Christmas bazaar with the German Embassy in Accra to raise funds to support the construction of a health post for the school.
Ms Sivertsen said they raised an amount of GH¢68,000, from the bazaar to support the project.
Some of the beds at the clinic
The Director of the School, Ataa Lartey, said the provision of the facility was to take proper care of the children and enable the residents to access quality healthcare at their doorstep.
He thanked Zenzero Ghana and other partners for their contributions towards the success of the project.
Mr Lartey said some medical officers, both in Ghana and abroad, have volunteered to assist the clinic by visiting there frequently.
They would organise a fundraising activity to equip the clinic with a modern laboratory.
He said currently, the academy has 80 children who are being prepared to enter mainstream education in the public schools.
The President of Zenzero Association, Jane Lepori, said the construction of the health post would go a long way to improve the children’s healthcare and that of the community at large.
The Kokomlemle Mantse, Nii Tetteh Obroni, and the Deputy Director at the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Diana Hopeson, appealed to the people to maintain the health facility to provide proper healthcare for the community
A nurse at the academy thanked the authorities for the new health post for the school and community, saying it would help reduce health issues in the community, and appealed to other stakeholders to come to their aid and put a smile on the faces of the children by improving their health care system.