The Ghana Revenue Authority has undertaken a clean-up exercise at the Kwesimintsin Hospital in the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipality of the Western Region over the weekend.
The exercise which started around 6:00am on Saturday saw an enthusiastic participation of the Assistant Commissioner of Customs Division, top officials and members of staff of the three division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) desilting choked gutters, weeding and sweeping the surroundings of the hospital to maintain a healthy environment towards the reduction of sanitation related diseases.
GRA apart from cleaning the hospital’s surroundings also donated some items to aid their work.
The items include dustbins, disinfectants, anti-sanitisers, liquid soaps, gloves and nose marks.
Speaking in an interview, the Assistant Commissioner of Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Mr. Francis Tanlongo said clean environment generate a healthy environment, adding that as a revenue collecting institution, they require a healthy environment so that the citizens can generate income and from that income the authority can exact taxes.
He said, it is part of the corporate social responsibility of the authority to reach out to the communities to which they operate.
Mr. Tanlongo emphasised that the exercise was to demonstrate to the general public that even though the mandate of GRA is to collect revenue, they are concerned about the health of the citizenry, adding that the health of the people when maintained will go a long way to contribute to the country’s economic development.
To this end, the Assistant Commissioner of Customs Division of GRAsaid the authority will on next year undertake more tax education, embark on aeries of patrols throughout the entry points, interdict smugglers and visit companies and institutions that are owing taxes and impress upon them to come up and make up their taxes.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Charles Forson, also in an interview stressed that as a revenue mobilization institution, they do not only concentrate on collecting revenue from the populace but look at the avenues where they can give back to the tax paying public and potential tax payers.
He explained the decision by the authority to clean the hospital as because one of the departments of the hospital has already been adopted by customs division of the GRA, adding that it was more appropriate to compliment the work which has already begun by one of the three division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Mr. Forson further stated that as part of the authority’s corporate social responsibility, they want to have a healthy tax paging people to be paying taxes, hence the need to concentrate more on sanitation.
The administrator of the Kwesimintsin Hospital, Mr. Felix Osei Kessie who received the items on behalf of the management and staff of the hospital expressed appreciation to the GRA and said the items them will contribute enormously to the efforts to segregate waste in and outside the hospital.
Mr. Osei Kessie mentioned infrastructure, equipment, transport, accommodation and human resources as the major challenges facing the hospital.
He said the unavailability of an ambulance services at the hospital makes it a great concern to the hospital especially in a case of emergency whereby a patient who is in critical condition has to be referred to another hospital.
The administrator therefore called on the government to provide the municipal hospital with an ambulance and a vehicle (pick-up) to run the administrative work of the hospital.
Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Matthew Dadzie