By Samuel Owusu – Aduomi
Over 2,000 beneficiaries from the Goaso Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region were on Wednesday treated to free expansive health checks at the Goaso Methodist Park.
The event, which is the first edition of the ongoing Produce Buying Company (PBC) Cocoa Farmers Health Screening Outreach, saw cocoa and mixed-crop farmers from Goaso and adjoining towns screened for hepatitis B, HIV, malaria, among others. Blood pressure, blood sugar and other vital health indicators were also examined by the medical team.
In his remarks, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Operations), Mr Alfred Ofori Annye, hailed the initiative as a noble gesture for the hardworking Ghanaian farmer population.
“At PBC ltd, we recognise the immense contribution of the cocoa farmer to the economy of the Ghanaian economy. This is why we have conceived this noble gesture together with key players like Chemico ltd, New Okaff Industries ltd and Rainbow Agrosciences to contribute significantly to the well-being of farmers across the country.”
The maiden edition of the outreach is also set to be rolled out in Dormaa, Brong Ahafo Region; Konongo, Ashanti Region; and Bonsu Nkwanta, Western Region. According to the organizers, the initiative is set to be an annual ritual that will seek to promote the wellbeing of Ghanaian farmers across the length and breadth of the country.
The project is a grand corporate social responsibility effort of PBC Ltd and is supported by Chemico Ltd, New Okaff Industries Ltd and Rainbow Agrosciences.