Dr. Samuel Owusu, a renowned surgeon in the United States of America (USA) has commissioned a 3-unit classroom block for the Akim Anyinasin Methodist JHS in the Eastern Region. The ultra-modern edifice started about three years ago and is estimated to have cost more than $300,000, has a fully furnished Computer Lab with internet access, an ultra-modern assembly hall, staff offices, and modern washroom facilities.
Dr. Owusu who is also the founder of the Ghana Medical Relief(GMR), a USA based health non-government organization that provides free healthcare services to rural communities in Ghana in an address at the ceremony held on Friday, March 25th, 2022 at the Akim Anyinasin old school premises mentioned that the project was conceived as a result of a visit by his family to the community some years ago where his son was not impressed with the state of the school compared to the church building.
“People used to say, for those of us who give, we give not because we have in abundance but we give because we believe others need it more,” he said.
He used the opportunity to thank all the teachers and community members for their support and collaboration, as well as the students for their warm reception and welcome.
The Municipal Educational Director Mrs. Abena Gyamera in a remark indicated that education holds the key to many of our societal problems and investments in the country.
She reiterated that inadequate infrastructure tends to contribute to the changing performance output, and it is in light of this that she’s highly delighted to be part of this event that is championed by Dr. Samuel Owusu with this magnificent edifice as a gift to the Ghana Education Service (GES).
She pointed out that, this initiative made by Dr. Samuel Owusu would go a long way to make the students and communities better. “It is highly appreciated and a big boost to our educational sector as a support to the government. I’m convinced beyond reasonable doubt that there’s going to be a massive transformation in our municipality to enhance and improve enrolment and educational performance”, she stated.
Speaking at the commissioning the Regional Director of Education Mrs. Margaret Nsiah-Asamoah also commended Dr. Samuel Owusu for demonstrating the spirit of patriotism and applauded him for giving back to society what he benefited from. “Today one of your own, an indigene, an old student has been magnanimous to have provided this community with this beautiful edifice”, she said. She also encouraged the Anyinasin community to own the school and also provide the needed assistance it needs and observe good maintenance culture.
Municipal Chief Executive(MCE) for Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly, Hon. Alhaji Umar Babs Bodinga in an address highlighted some projects completed and ongoing in the municipality. In addition, he promised to provide 50 bags of cement for the refurbishment of the primary school block which is in a deplorable state.
Also present at the event was Osabarima Atta Appeakorang II, chief of Akyem Anyinasem, a representative of Hon. Gifty Twum- Ampofo, Member of parliament, Abuakwa North Constituency and Dep. Minister for Education, Rt. Rev. Vincent Ato Kwamena Okine, Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Asare -Kusi, Diocesan Bishop, Methodist Church Ghana, Koforidua among others.
Dr. Samuel Owusu is the Founder and President of the GMR. He is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Geisinger Health System (Gray’s Woods) and Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pennsylvania. He is currently a staff member of the Geisinger OB/GYN Residency Program in Danville, PA and an Adjunct Professor in OB/GYN for Temple Medical School, USA.
Ghana Medical Relief (GMR) is a non-profit humanitarian organization registered in the United States of America and Ghana. The organisation is aimed at improving healthcare in deprived villages in Ghana. GMR is made up of healthcare and non-healthcare volunteers with a common goal of delivering better healthcare to the people of Ghana.
In addition, GMR has donated medical supplies in the form of hospital beds, ultrasound machines, examination tables, cardiac defibrillators, operating room equipment as well as medications to some hospitals and clinics in Ghana and has embarked on health outreach to rural communities such as Anomabo, Atibie and Asiakwa. The group is expected to extend their services to Agogo later in the year.