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Walk to Support Guinea Worm

2007-08-06 13:08:02
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Hundreds of people from all walks of life in the Tamale metropolis turned out in their numbers to embark on a long distance walk through the principal streets of the metropolis to create awareness on the guinea worm disease.

The walk, organised by the Barclays Bank, formed part of the bank’s "Step Ahead" innovative corporate social investment programme designed to raise awareness and funds for various charities across Africa and parts of Asia.

Among the distinguished personalities who took part in the three hour walk were the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Elias Sory, the Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, and theNational Co-ordinator of the Guinea
Worm Eradication Programme, Dr Seidu Korkor.

Others included the Northern Regional Police Commander, Mr Ephraim Okoe Brakatu, district chief executives and some heads of department.

The walk begun at the Police Park through the Hospital Road, the Russian Bungalows, Central Market, Aboabo, Picorna Road and back to the starting point where the participants were addressed.

According to the Communications Manager of Barclays Bank Ghana, Mr Gayheart Mensah, the bank intended to
raise an amount of 33,000 pounds to embark on its campaigns this year.

He said last year, the bank donated an amount of GH¢25,000 (¢250 million) for the purchase of water filters for use at guinea worm endemic communities in the country.

"The key message that Barclays wants to communicate is that, we support the communities in which we do business," the manager further stated.

The Director-General of the GHS commended the people for their enthusiasm, following their smart turn out despite the cold weather.

He expressed appreciation to the bank for their initiative and called for more support from individuals and other corporate bodies in the fight against guinea.worm, saying, "if you do not have it; you would not know how it feels."

Alhaji Mustapha for his part thanked all stakeholders for their vari-
ous forms of support and contributions towards the eradication .of the disease so far, and observed that, "you have demonstrated your love and feeling to victims of guinea worm."


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