S/Lt Agnes Arthur – PIO
United Nations Mission in South Sudan Ghana Battalion 8 (GHANBATT 8) in collaboration with the Ningo – Prampram District Assembly has organised a medical outreach and clean-up exercise to mark the 2019 Farmers Day.
The medical outreach and clean-up exercise which took place in the Ningo – Prampram District on Friday 6 December 2019 formed part of the Battalion’s Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities geared towards fostering unity between the military and civilian populace.
The locals participated extensively in the two exercises making available their cleaning kits to weed, desilt choked gutters and clear paths of stagnant waters whilst others were screened at the Mac Ashley Memorial Basic School in Miotso alongside.
The Commanding Officer Lt Col RK Sagoe UNMISS GHANBATT 8 together with his team and the District Chief Executive, Ningo – Prampram District Assembly, Hon Jonathan Teye Doku paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of Prampram, Nene Tetteh Waka III at his residence to pay homage and inform him of the worthy cause.
Nene Tetteh Waka III commended the team for the good initiative to improve upon the sanitary condition within the community stressing the need for heightened collaboration in order to maintain a high level of sanitation at all times.
The Paramount Chief urged UNMISS GHANBATT 8 troops to continue raising the flag of Ghana high as worthy ambassadors of the country as they are preparing to embark on the mission to South Sudan.
In his remarks, Lt Col RK Sagoe emphasized that as part of the GHANBATT’s mandate in protecting Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) camps in South Sudan, as well as foster a bond between the Military and Civilians, it was imperative to exhibit the warm gesture with the Prampram community, where Bundase Training Camp is located, to reinforce civil-military relationship.
On his part, Hon Teye Doku expressed his profound gratitude to the Commanding Officer and the GHANBATT at large for the gesture and urged continuous rapport be built between the Military and general public through such CIMIC activities.
The Senior Medical Officer, UNMISS GHANBATT 8, Lt (GN) Joseph Awuah Menkah, said that as part of their assigned tasks in saving and protecting lives, the medical team was available to screen and assess ailments such as Blood Pressure, Malaria, Diabetes, Hepatitis B and Dental issues that has bedeviled the community over the years.
He urged the local populace to periodically get themselves screened at any clinic or hospital so as to carry out their duties effectively and contribute their quota towards national development. In all, about 120 personnel were screened in the medical outreach, he added.