A GH˘20,000 library facility, fully stocked with books, furniture and computers have been inaugurated and handed over to the two schools - Pokukrom No.1 Primary and Subin Hill Junior High Schools in the Upper Denkyira East and West municipalities.
The library was funded by ReBUild, a team of researchers from Ghana and the United States conducting studies into the mode of transfer of Buruli ulcer and other related diseases in the Denkyira area in the Central Region of Ghana.
In addition, ReBUild also donated a unit of computer and documentary video clips on teenage pregnancies, malaria, buruli ulcer, and other types of tropical diseases, Polo T-Shirts and other educational materials to the schools.
In an address to handover the library, the Principal Investigator for ReBUild-Ghana and Head of Department of Mineral Engineering at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah stated the team donated the facilities as a way of showing appreciation for the cooperation and understanding shown by residents.
He said though the research in the area would eventually come to an end, the library will become a memorable unit that the community can always look back to with pride and hope. The use of the library and the viewing of the documentaries on buruli ulcer would make the next generation of Pokukrom more knowledgeable about the disease and thus help to control it.
Inaugurating the library, the Municipal Chief Executive of Upper Denkyira East Peter Kofi Owusu Ashia on behalf of the beneficiary communities expressed his profound gratitude to ReBUild and described the library as a super donation.
The MCE said “without this library, there wouldn’t be any mark, and that would have been the end of the story of buruli ulcer research in the area.” He urged the headteachers of the two schools to put in place policies regarding maintenance of the facilities.
Present at the ceremony were Nana Kyei Baffour, Chief of Subin, Hon Ackah Yankey, MCE Denkyira West, Mr J W Odoom, Director of Education, Mr Ennim Amani, Circuit Supervisor of Education, Mr. Emmanuel Effah (ReBuild Project Assistant), Headmasters, Teachers, Chiefs and elders of the two communities.