Social media has advantages and disadvantages. But the youth of Tema New Town are using it positively to help the society.
A youth group in Tema New Town has been able to raise an amount of GHC12,700 to support the Tema Manhean Polyclinic.
The polyclinic which was opened under the auspices of the Ministry of Health is the only health facility serving the whole of the harbor city with about sixty thousand inhabitants.
But for some time now, the facility has been in dire need of necessities including operating tools and many others.
The only toilet facility at the polyclinic currently serves both males and females with pregnant women reportedly queuing to attend nature’s call every now and then.
When it is time for them to be delivered of their babies, some of them have to lie on the bare floors as there are not enough beds to use, according to eyewitnesses.
In fact, patients are said to be sharing the same ward regardless of their age or gender.
It is against this backdrop that the youth group, led by a teacher, Owula Joshua Mantey, decided to raise funds to support the health center.
In an interview, Owula Mantey, a basic school teacher, revealed that the plight of patients at the polyclinic is what drove him to embark on the fundraising project.
According to him, many people who have visited the polyclinic lament about the poor conditions there which in a way make their cases or reasons for visiting the health center worse.
Owula Mantey further indicated that with the ‘no-bed syndrome’ that has hit many health facilities in Accra, especially the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, it was obvious that the community had to do something to alleviate the plight of the patients.
He stated that waiting for the government to support all hospitals in Ghana with beds and other necessities would cause more calamities because that would not be realized anytime soon.
Owula Mantey added that he felt social media and messaging platforms could be used for useful purposes, therefore, he toyed with the idea of raising funds via his Whatsapp status to support the polyclinic and it turned out to yield positive results.
“I actually thought of which way we could support the polyclinic. I started with the first sum of five hundred cedis, and my wife, Maame Pokuwaa, also contributed with the sum of two hundred cedis”.
“I made a continuous announcement via my Whatsapp status and many of my fellow youths in Tema New Town donated various sums. After ten days, I was able to raise GHC12,700 for the project,” Owula Mantey said.
From the proceeds, Owula and Mantey and his entire team, on July 10, 2018, donated items including one adjustable delivery bed, three hospital beds, one big oxygen cylinder, seven swivel chairs, two couches for the consulting room, 32-inch flat screen television and a stethoscope, were donated to the hospital.