Sherry Ayittey presenting the medical equipment to one of the beneficiary hospitals
Ten hospitals in the country have benefited from over $99,000 worth of medical equipment from the Turkish government.
The hospitals, selected from the various regions of the country, received through the Ministry of Health (MoH) various medical equipment aimed at improving quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.
The beneficiary hospitals were the Gushegu District Hospital, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Tamale Central Hospital, Bator Catholic Hospital, Tema Municipal Hospital, Ada District Hospital, St Martin’s Hospital, Agormenya, Komfo-Anokye Teaching Hospital and the La General Hospital.
The items included 20 phototherapy machines, five video-assisted laryngoscopes, three infusion pumps, three oxygen concentrators, 20 pulse oxymeter (finger-tip), 10 sphygmomanometer, one truphatek laryngoscope, one bookwalter retractor and one hand-held doppler ultrasound.
Presenting the items to the representatives of the hospitals, Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Health, said one of the policies of the MoH is to ensure quality care in hospital hence the presentation through the support of the Turkish government.
She said good quality healthcare comes with the availability of medical equipment, and therefore urged that the hospitals should ensure the maintenance of the equipment.
In a related development, Alritrak Logistics Limited, providers of support services to the medical industry for the past five years presented 975 onsite cholera rapid test kits.
The presentation to the MoH was to help in the early diagnosis and containment of any future cholera outbreak in the country.
Victor Ajah, Chief Executive of Alritrak, handing over the equipment to the Minister of Health said the company chose to make the donation because of the recorded cases of malaria during the rainy season.
He said the issue of cholera containment and treatment has been left for government, thus, the donation to reach the masses who are most affected with the sickness.
Ms Ayittey in response expressed her gratitude to the company and hope that the new collaboration would be strengthened so the support could be extended to other regions of the country.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri
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