Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur is appealing to Ghanaians to maintain good sanitary practices to help fight the cholera outbreak in the country.
He said 95 persons out of the 10,000 people infected by the disease, had died.
The Vice President was speaking at the 10th Anniversary of the enstoolment of Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV, Paramount Chief of the Techiman Traditional Area, in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The anniversary, which is on the theme: “Strengthening the partnership between Techiman Traditional Authority (TTA) and all Stakeholders to utilize Opportunities for Development”, coincides with the celebration of the Fofie Yam Festival of the Chiefs and people of the area.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur assured them of the government’s determination to stop the spread of the disease in the country, saying, cholera should not thrive in Ghana in this day and age.
He advised Ghanaians to try as much as possible to minimize human to human contacts to avoid being infected with the deadly Ebola Viral Disease.
He called for unity among the people in the Techiman Traditional Area in order to ensure the development of the area.
The Vice President also called for cooperation between the traditional authority and government to ensure peace and security in the area.
He commended the TTA for providing land to construct a police barracks and an airstrip to help improve the commercial activities in the area and appealed to investors to partner the traditional authority for the construction of a new market.
Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV, Paramount Chief of the Techiman Traditional Area, recounting the history of Bono Techiman, stated that Techiman was one of the oldest Akan towns in the country.
According to him, due to the friendly nature of the people and the large market in the area, there were now citizens from all over the West African Sub-region living in the Techiman area.
He stated that the Fofie Yam Festival was the occasion on which the Chiefs and people thanked the Almighty God and their ancestors for blessing them with good harvests.
Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV, stated that because Techiman lay in the middle of the country, travelers from both the North and South passed through it, therefore, the TTA had donated eight acres of land to the Ghana Police Service to be developed as a barracks, for which it was also soliciting funds for the building of 16 flats.
He said because of the vehicular traffic in the area, the TTA had also made available a parcel of land for an airstrip in the district, where small planes could land.
The Paramount Chief appealed to the government to expand the Techiman Polyclinic into a District Hospital to cater for the increasing population in the area and to covert the Akumfi Ameyaw Senior High School into a College of Education to provide tertiary education for students in the area who could not gain admission into the universities.