Health care and population growth in Ghana: A catalyst for development in New Dwaben
Keywords:New Dwaben, Government Hospital, Colonial Medical Policies, Ghana Health Service
Health care is one of the important elements in the development of every nation. In view of that eveiy government makes it a priority to provide efficient health care to its people through the establishment of facilities, providing medication and also training health workers. The construction of modern health care facilities by the colonial government in New Dwaben, Koforidua, in 1926, represents a serious attempt to provide for the health needs of the people of the Gold Coast. The advent of the hospital helped to improve the health of the people of the community and, to a large extent, contributed to the development of social and economic activities in New Dwaben. This article examines the factors that led to the establishment of the hospital and how it contributed to growth of social and economic activities in New Dwaben, Koforidua. There was growth in social and economic activities including employment, agriculture, transportation, population, entertainment, trade, sanitation, jobs partly due to the advent of the Koforidua Government Hospital in New Dwaben.