Ghana Rubber Estate Limited (GREL) commissioned a newly built and furnished health centre for the Nsein community in the Nzema East District of Ghana’s Western Region. GREL built, furnished and provided other ancillaries to the new Nsein Community Health Centre at a project cost of GHS750,000. The new centre is expected to help reduce pressure on the Axim Government Hospital by addressing the primary healthcare needs of residents of Nsein, Ayisakro, Ankyerin, Avrebo, Nsein Senior High School, Awukyire, Ndatiem, Ahunyame.

A statement from Mr. Lionel Barre, Managing Director of GREL, read by Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Perry Acheampong, said GREL received a proposal from Omanhene of Nsein Traditional Area, Awulae Agyefi Kwame II, regarding the community’s need for a health centre and the contribution GREL could make towards achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensuring good health and well-being. Mr. Acheampong said GREL honored the company’s CSR commitments to its operational communities and other stakeholder creditably notwithstanding the ravages of COVID-19 on GREL.

Notwithstanding the ravages of COVID-19 on our business and industry, GREL has creditably discharged its commitment to our operational communities and other stakeholders, in line with our respect for and commitment to building stronger and mutual relationships with them,” he added.

Mr. Lionel Barre | Managing Director, Ghana Rubber Estate Limited

Nzema East Municipal Health Director Mrs. Priscilla Ama Amoah announced that the facility will be resourced with a physician assistant, mid-wife, nurses and other support staff. Mrs. Amoah encouraged residents to access the services of the centre using the universal health coverage, noting that the upgrading and supply of equipment to the centre will depend of the extent to which residents access services of the centre.

The Omanhene of Nsein Traditional Area, Awulae Agyefi Kwame II, expressed gratitude to the GREL for the company’s continued support over the years. He was happy that women in labour would no longer have to travel long distances to access hospital services. Awulae Agyefi Kwame II observed that the area had recorded instances in the past where pregnant women losed their lives because they traveled from distant places and arrived late at nearest health facilities. “The Health Center is for all of us, let us do our best to maintain [the facility] to ensure its longer span,” he said. Awulae Agyefi Kwame I donated a desk top computer to the health centre to support effective data management.

GREL operates in over 90 communities in the the Western, Central and Eastern Regions of Ghana and builds strong relationships with its stakeholders in order to improve livelihoods for residents in its operational areas. Over the past ten years, GREL has invested over €4 Million in CSR commitments in providing water systems for 20,000 people in 14 communities; six health facilities including four community health centers and community centers for 16 communities.