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COCOBOD organises health screening for community members

By KwaminaTandoh, GNA

Asuofori (E/R), July 24, GNA – The Senior
Staff Association of the Cocoa Board, Head Office, has organised a free health
screening exercise for cocoa farmers at Asuofori in the Lower West Akyem
District in the Eastern Region.

The exercise on the theme “Stop Galamsey on
Cocoa Farms: Cocoa farming is the best Investment,” was part of the
Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility outreach programme to respond to
the health needs of the community and sensitise the cocoa farmers on the
negative effects of galamsey.

About 500 people from the community benefited
from the exercise, which saw them screened for breast cancer, eye, blood
pressure, malaria and other related diseases and were given medication by the
Cocoa Clinic medical team.

Mr Fuad Mohammed, the Chairman of the
Association in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said the exercise
sought to bring quality health care to the door steps of cocoa farmers to
enable them have the energy and strength to expand the production of cocoa in
the country.

He said the exercise was in line with
government’s quest to stop galamsey, hence, the need to organise it in a
galamsey community to educate them as the country thrives on cocoa.

He said the activities of illegal miners have
polluted water bodies, destroyed farm lands and forests.

He said cocoa farms were generational heritage
and sustainable financial backbone for most families in Ghana; and advised
farmers to protect the legacy and adopt modern agronomic practices to increase
their yields and boost Ghana’s economy.

Mr Mohammed commended government for its
dedication to halt galamsey and salvage the natural resources and called on
Ghanaians to support the course.

The Association partnered companies such as
Chemico Ghana Limited, Niche Cocoa, Yara Ghana Limited, Huge Investment
Limited, Cocoa Processing Company, Unicom and Armajaro to undertake the
exercise.

Mr Ebenezer Darko, a community member,
appealed to the Ghana Cocoa Board to ensure that children of cocoa farmers
benefitted from the board’s scholarship scheme as well as they also bebefiting
from the distribution of fertilizers, spraying machines, amongst others to help
them maintain their farms.

Some of the community members also expressed
gratitude to the Association and pledged to work hard to increase the country’s
cocoa production.

Used clothing, mathematical set, stationery,
caps, and slippers were donated to the community members and six other
communities namely; Akanteng, Ommaase, Akwadum, Tutu, Abaase and Osenase as
part of the activity.

GNA

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