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    Ayigbe Edem calls on government to do more to curb malaria

    by Ernest Dela Aglanu, myjoyonline.com
    posted Monday, 31 January 2011 13:33| 0 Comments

    Hiplife musician, Ayigbe Edem has expressed his displeasure over government’s inability of providing adequate malaria health care to the many Ghanaians.

    He said although several international donor agencies, the UK government and the Bill Gates Foundation have come to the aid of deprived countries, including Ghana, with some monitory assistance there is still a lot to be done in fighting the canker.

    Edem told Hitz Entertainment News that, “I know… that the UK government supported certain African countries and the Bill Gate Foundation also gave money to our country for us to be able to help those who couldn’t afford mosquito nets. Statistics show that every 45 seconds, an African child dies of malaria,” he said.

    Adding, “That is very severe and I am feeling that apart from the fact that other people are supporting us and the government is making a move, I think it won't be bad to do more and more because the rate at which people are dying of malaria is alarming…that goes to say that we need the effort of everybody.”

    He further indicated that, he was taken aback by what he saw when he together with 2131 and the Richard Addison Foundation visited four hospitals, Essikado, Effia Nkwanta, Kwesimintsim and the Takoradi Hospitals all in the Takoradi Municipality, on January 22 to donate mosquito nets to these facilities.

    Indicating that the donation “was for the hospitals and not for the patients to take home because we realize that when they are sick and they come to the hospitals where they are supposed to be treated, they still get malaria because these hospitals are dilapidated…”

    The artiste known in real life as Edem Agbeviadey said later that night, they went around to also donate some mosquito nets to porters and people who slept at the Takoradi market, on the streets and the market circle.

    He said he will prompt and appeal to the government to put particular emphasis on malaria prevention and care in the country. He also called the citizenry to also do their bit in helping to save the countless number of lives being lost to malaria.

    This kind gesture will not be the first time the rapper is donating to charity. In the year 2009, he donated an amount of GHc1,000 and a Dell flat screen computer, said to be around 750 Dollars to the Weija Leprosarium.

    He also donated 4 desktop computers with flat screen monitors and other items which summed up to GHc3,000 to the Maamobi Polyclinic that same year.




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