A sod has been cut for the commencement of a new hospital project by The Church of Pentecost at Gbemnyani, within the Tamale Metropolis.
The project, an initiative of the Church’s headquarters under the supervision of the Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS) and the National Estate Department of the Church, will serve the people of Gbenyami and other surrounding communities.
The ceremony was officiated by the Tamale Area Head and Northern Regional Coordinating Committee (NRCC) Coordinator, Apostle J.B.K.Tawiah, on behalf of the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye.
Speaking at the event, Apostle Tawiah indicated that the Church has a social responsibility to the people it operates within.
He added that as a community-based church, it has undertaken many social interventions, including building schools and health facilities, providing water, and sponsoring many of its young members to access education at all levels. This, he said, goes contrary to the assertion that the Church is less concerned about the people.
The facility, when completed, will have both male and female wards, a laboratory, OPD, and many other facilities that make it a standard facility, and is expected to be executed in record time.
Apostle Tawiah appealed to the chiefs and people to ensure that the project takes off in a congenial environment and to also offer support when needed.
In a very joyful mood, the Chief of Gbenyami, Naa Abdul-Rahaman Issahaku (PhD), who is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Dryland Research Institute, praised The Church of Pentecost for this timely intervention.
According to him, the government alone cannot solve all the problems of the people, so churches and other organisations should take up such duties as done by The Church of Pentecost to cater for the shortfalls that exist in our developmental agenda as a nation.
He identified three agents of development as the state, religious organisations, and people of the community, stating that all should play their roles well to improve the living conditions of the people.
He thanked the leadership of the Church and pledged their support for the project by providing the needed help and protection whenever needed.
The people were overjoyed that such a project was coming to their community as many trooped to the site for the sod cutting.
Present at the function were other prominent chiefs from the outlying communities, ministers from the Tamale Metropolis, the Area Estate committee members, and some officers and members of the Church from the community.
Report by Tamale Area Media Team.