The First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama, through her charity organization, The Lordina Foundation yesterday gave the chiefs and people of the Volta Region a lot to smile about when she presented medical equipment running into millions of cedis to some districts hospital in the region.
The 123 boxes of medical equipment were donated to the Kete Krachi District Hospital to help wave off some of the pressures on the facility. The 100 – bed health facility was started as a Health Centre in 1958 and upgraded into its present status in 1968.
The Chiefs and people of the area and the hospital authorities expressed gratitude to the First Lady for her gesture. They however pleaded with her to add her voice to the call on the government to upgrade the hospital to a teaching hospital and resource the midwifery training institution in the area to its full capacity and get it affiliated to the University of Allied Sciences. They also asked for support for the Queen-mothers’ initiative to help support and retain girls in school.
Mrs. Mahama gave the assurance that she would always support a worthy cause towed by the government. She however cautioned the people to observe hygienic practices so as to avoid contracting diseases in wake of the recent outbreak of cholera in some parts of the country.
At the Nkwanta district hospital, the supply of the medical items came as a relief to the authorities. Mrs. Mahama commended the district for becoming a commercial hub, a renowned transit and commercial centre in the region. She said it deserves to have a well-resourced health facility that would contribute towards the well-being and health needs of the community.
The authorities of the hospital and the area commended the Lordina Foundation for its generosity. They also appealed for rehabilitation works to be carried out at the facility and incubators provided.
The people and elders of the Jasikan Government Hospital considered the donation of the medical items as the beginning of good things to come into the districts. They suggested and encouraged the Lordina Foundation to adopt the hospital there, as a baby, and nurture it into an enviable health facility in the region. Mrs. Mahama again reiterated the need for the people to make personal hygiene practices a life style, and observe information being put out by the Ghana Health Service and other public health officials, to avoid communicable diseases.
The Kpando District Hospital was next point of call for the First Lady. Also known as the Margret Marquart Catholic Hospital, it was established by a German physician, Margret Mary Marquart, in 1960. It has an outpatient department, a pharmacy, a laboratory, and other essential departments and runs four wards: a medical, surgical, maternity and children’s wards, as well as serves as training institutions for volunteers and interns.
The Lordina Foundation’s medical supplies, according to the management of the hospital, will go a long way to complement the government’s efforts at improving health facilities at the hospital. Making the presentation, the First Lady called on health workers to be individuals who strive for perfection in healthcare delivery, and hoped that her gesture would serve as appropriate tools that would motivate them. She said in as much as the government is investing a lot of resources into enhancing public health care delivery, it behoves on every individual to always take precautionary measures so as to prevent contracting diseases. She urged authorities of the health facilities to judiciously use the equipment for their intended purposes.
With the outbreak of cholera in the capital, Accra and some other towns in Ghana which has put pressure on hospital facilities, the medical equipment being donated to various hospitals across the length and breadth of the country by the First Lady through her foundation is coming as a relief to health workers. The donations are seen as even more critical with the outbreak of Ebola in neighbouring countries and the fear that it may enter Ghana.
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