By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Accra
As part of commemorative activities of Ghana Navy at 60 years, the Navy Headquarters (Navy HQ), Burma Camp, have stretched out its humanitarian arm to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and its patients, by renovating the Infirmary Ward B, fixing the washrooms and giving out some mattresses and bathroom slippers to the patients.
The humanitarian gesture, which took place on Tuesday, 13th August, 2019, cost the Sea Lords about fifty-thousand Cedis (GHS 50,000), whiles the renovation works, which also involved re-fixing the deplorable roofs and ceiling of the ward, painting and tiling of some parts, took about one month to complete.
The Director of the hospital – Dr Amma Boadu, who received the presentations on behalf of the institution, said the Ward B, had its facilities such as the ablution rooms, virtually broken down, thus unusable and further requested urgent attention on other aspects of the institution.
Presenting the facility back to the hospital administration, the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) at the Navy HQ, Commodore (Cdre) Issah Yakubu, said that it is appropriate for the Navy, who are funded by state resources, to use part of their funds to cater for other less fortunate citizens of the state.
Cdre Yakubu also indicated that the gesture is not a nine day wonder and that the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Tema, is scheduled to also undertake another humanitarian work on August 21st, having already presented goods and cash to the Akuapem School of the Blind, earlier in the year, whiles the Western Naval Command (WNC), Sekondi, takes its turn on Wednesday, 14th August, 2019, all in an effort to make the Diamond Anniversary celebrations, relevant to its surroundings.
Ghana Navy was established by the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, on 29th July, 60 years ago, and the Navy has evolved to be a regional maritime force to be reckoned with, providing security at the nation’s maritime boundaries, as well as protecting oil field installations of the country offshore.