Monday 2nd December, 2019

Accra- Mrs. Samira Bawumia, wife of the Vice President has applauded private initiatives to recognise the hard work and dedication of health and social welfare workers in various parts of the country.

According to her, such initiatives aside complimenting state-sponsored recognitions also helped to boost the morale of such workers most of whom worked in deprived environments and under challenging conditions, to

remain committed to the cause of humanity.

Speaking at the second edition of Honouring Our Heroes in Accra, the Wife of the Vice President said even though government was doing everything possible to improve healthcare delivery in various parts of the country, the daunting task required the active involvement of

philanthropists, organisations and well-meaning Ghanaians to offer the needed support.

The event, a choral concert and awards ceremony was organised by The Royal Philharmonic Choir-Ghana, and was aimed at raising funds to support charity works and reward humanitarian gestures.

This year’s event raised funds in support of the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP) founded by Mrs. Samira and currently engaged in a Safe Delivery Initiative intended to reduce neonatal and maternal

mortality across the country through the provision of birth kits to expectant mothers in deprived communities.

The Choir awarded Mrs. Bawumia for her outstanding humanitarian services.

Four other individuals, all health workers were awarded for their support to patients in rural Ghana.

They included; the District Director of Health Services, Madam Rita Wurapa who helped a woman in labour she encountered while on her monitoring rounds in Dambai and Nkwanta to deliver safely.

The rest were; Senior Nursing Officer Mrs Rose Ayibor Dodeah and Nursing sister Madam Sophia Safia Sulemana who helped a woman in labour to deliver, while travelling on a commercial bus, and Public Health Officer in the Gonja Municipal Directorate, Mr. Alhassan Musah.

The programme was attended by dignitaries including; the U.S Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivan; Omanhene of Asokore Traditional Area in the Ashanti Region, Nana Dr. S.KB Asante and the Minister of State at the

Office of the Senior Minister, Mrs. Catherine Afeku.

The Executive Director of The Royal Philharmonic Choir � Ghana, Mr. Richard Sam-Asante congratulated recipients of this year’s awards and said the annual event was intended to motivate professionals to give off their best in their endeavors.

Like Christ teaches us, those who impact on others, especially the needed are the heroes and we consider them as such, hence this honour, Mr. Sam-Asante said.

The Royal Philharmonic Choir � Ghana was established in June 2014 at Kanda in Accra with 122 initial members, but currently has 49 members.

Source: Ghana News Agency