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NGO Donates Items Worth 54 Million Dollars

2007-07-11 22:33:58
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BasicNeeds-Ghana, an NGO has presented 11 motorcycles and 13 computers with accessories valued at about 53.9 million dollars to some institutions in Northern, Upper East and West Regions.

They were Amasachina Self-help Association (ASHA), Gub-katimal Society (GKS), Shekinah Clinic, Zuuri Organic Vegetable Farmers’ Association (ZOVFA) and Programme for Integrated Rural Development (PRIDE).

The rest were Department of Community Development (DCD), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Centre for People’s Empowerment and Rights Initiative (CPRI).

Mr Yaro B. Peter, Programme Manager of BasicNeeds in-charge of Northern Ghana Programme, said the NGO in collaboration with the institutions had assisted more than 14,508 mental and epilepsy patients with 90 per cent of them receiving regular treatment.

He said about 11,556 mental patients had been rehabilitated and now engaged in various household and income generating activities.

Mr Peter said the NGO had assisted some of the institutions to extend financial assistance to about 582 people to acquire skills and undertake income generation activities.

He said the NGO had supported a horticultural project at Datoyili near Tamale for treated mental patients as part of efforts to equip them with gardening skills.

Mr Peter said it had in addition, engaged herbalists and facilitated closer collaboration between them and staff of health institutions on skills and care for treated mental patients.

Mr Peter announced that BasicNeeds was assisting in the construction of a facility for the Community Psychiatric Unit at the Upper East Regional Hospital at Wa and so far, 170,000,000 cedis (Gh 17,000 cedis) had been provided for the project.

He commended Comic Relief of United Kingdom, European Commission, European Union Delegation in Ghana, and United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) the donors, for providing funds for to purchase the items.

Mr Lance Montia, West Africa Representative of BasicNeeds, said the NGO sought to promote sustainable livelihoods for cured mental patients and integrate them into society to enable them contribute to the welfare of their families.

He appealed to policy makers, particularly the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to include mental patients in their development programmes.

Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, Northern Regional Minister in an address read on his behalf, commended BasicNeeds for its immense contribution towards the marginalised in society.

He urged beneficiaries to use the items for their intended purpose and ensured their proper maintenance.

source: GNA

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