Monday, 27th September 2021
The Catholic church is one religious organization which doesn't seek just the spiritual needs of members only but also the social and health needs of everyone as well. This is why in every part of the world particularly in Ghana where you can find a Catholic church, there are Catholic schools and or health facilities as well. In most cases, much attention is paid to the schools and hospitals more than the church building. In Ghana, the Catholic schools at various levels are only second to Government schools in terms of numbers.
According to the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), the Catholic church has the highest number of health facilities contributing to almost 70% of facilities in the network. One of these facilities is the St. Vincent De Paul Clinic located at Drobonso in the Sekyere Afram Plains district of Ashanti.
In 1993, the Catholic Archbishop of Kumasi built the clinic to serve the health needs of persons in that remote area and it's environs. However due to the very poor living conditions of Drobonso, no Ghanaian profesional was willing to stay and serve in Drobonso.
In 1995, the Bishop His Grace Peter Kwasi Sarpong (now Emiretus) at the advise of Rev. Fr. Adom Oware met the Daughters the of Charity, a religious congregation of women in Nigeria who agreed to come to Ghana to manage the facility. The first batch of sisters to come to Ghana include Sr. Margate Mary Ekanem, Sr. Bernadine Chimiziri and Sr. Catherine Nkeruwem.￼
However, before their arrival in 1996, the Kumasi Archdiocese had been splitted into six dioceses and Drobonso had become part of the new Konongo-Mampong Diocese under the lordship of Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu. He picked up from where his predecessor left it to ensure that the sisters settled to work in Drobonso. The clinic was officially opened to patients in December 1996 by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent the Paul with few natives of Drobonso who were trained on the job.
Few years on, the structure accomodating the clinic developed cracks endangering the lives of both patients and staff partly due to prolong non usage. The sisters together with Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu decided to put up a new structure.
This narration was given by His Grace Peter Kwasi Sarpong (Archbishop Emiretus for Kumasi Metropolitan Archdiocese) yesterday during the climax of the 25th anniversary of the Daughters of Charity in Ghana as well as the existence of the St. Vincent De Paul Clinic in Drobonso.
Giving the welcome address, Sr. Bernadette Uko, Administrator of the clinic and Sister Servant outlined some of the achievements of the clinic in the last 25 years. She stated that, the clinic which served as the major health facility in the district had saved so many lives particularly pregnant woman and children under five years.
She however recounted the numerous challenges millitating against the facility. She used the opportunity to request for support from individuals and government in the form of infrastructure, human resources and logistics.
In reaction, the executive director for Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) Mr. Peter K. Yeboah promised to post the needed doctors and midwives the facility may require if the proposed maternity block is completed.
There was a silver collection to raise funds to begin a proposed construction of a maternity block for the health facility. There was also a sod cutting at the end of the celebration for the structure.
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