Women Day
Women Day

The Community Development Unit of Social Welfare and Community Development, Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), has held a forum to educate women on healthy living as part of the commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD).

The Programme is also intended to educate women on the role of Social Welfare and Community Development departments in the Assemblies, as a means of empowering them to pursue their social and economic aspirations.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the programme on Thursday at Tema Community One Site Two, Kwesi Plange Electoral Area,,the Unit Head of Community Development, TMA, Mr. Felix Larbi Appiah, urged government to empower women and the deprived in society by releasing funds to social welfare departments to champion social intervention programmes.

Mr. Appiah observed that there were a lot of problems facing women in the Inner City communities in Ghana that needed the intervention of social welfare and community development units, but for the lack of funds.

He reacted to the need for immediate governmental intervention by saying, “If government doesn’t channel help here and there are diseases, it would spread and government would be forced to come and solve the problem.”

“The Inner City people need our help. When we come to them as social workers, we give them a lot of promises, but if we are not able to make do those promises, next time they would not be willing to listen to us when we come to the community,” he lamented.

He informed that most people did not know what the social welfare department did, as such they went through a lot of things which could be resolved by the expertise of social welfare workers, but most of them did not know where to go.

He said, “Site Two community was neglected. It is facing many deplorable conditions and so we decided to host the programme here to build a relationship with the people. After we have gained an entry, we would form study groups here to educate the people on issues in society that affect their lives.”

The Assembly Member of the Kwesi Plange Electoral Area, Mr. Alhassan Issah, observed the many challenges facing the people of Site Two, but indicated that the Assembly had succeeded in setting up two CHPS compounds in site 2 and 19 to help the people a3ccess immediate health care.

He observed that he had enrolled some of them in the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), and was making efforts in educating the youth to learn trades that could help them be economically relevant in order to break the chains of poverty.

He called on the Minister of Zongo and Inner-city Development to make the community a beneficiary of the Zongo fund crafted to mprove upon the lives of the people.

As part of the programme, close to 200 women and the elderly were screened for breast cancer, Body Mass Index (BMI), sugar level, and blood pressure. The exercise was done in collaboration with TMA maternity clinic.

International Women’s Day, which is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights, is celebrated on March 8 every year.

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