Dr Mehmet Muezzinoglu handing over the medical equipment to Dr Tia Sugri Alfred as other dignitaries look on
The Turkish Ministry of Health has donated medical items worth $99,210 to the Ghana Health Ministry for onward distribution to selected hospitals in the country.
The equipment include, 20 phototherapy machines, five video-assisted laryngoscopes, three infusion pumps, three oxygen concentrators, 20 pulse oxymeters (finger-tip), three versatile pulse oxymeters, 10 sphygmomanometers, one truphatek, one bookwalter retractor and one hand-held doppler ultrasound.
The Turkish government is also providing a loan specifically for the construction of seven new hospitals in Ghana and the rehabilitation of two existing hospitals.
This follows the visit by the Health Minister of Ghana to Turkey in March 2011to form an alliance to benefit the health sector of Ghana.
The donation is intended specifically for the improvement of newborn and maternal health care, reducing mortality rates of mothers and infants by improving their health.
The Gushegu District Hospital, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Tamale Central Hospital and the 37 Military Hospital are the beneficiary hospitals.
Dr Mehmet Muezzinoglu, Minister of Health for Turkey, handing over the equipment to Dr Tia Sugri Alfred, the Deputy Minister of Health, Ghana, said the two countries for the past two days have put forth great efforts for the development of very important significant processes.
‘Specifically in relation to the free trade agreement, the mutual protection of investments and the agreement for the elimination of double taxation have definitely covered a significant ground,’ he said
He also said the two countries have had significant meetings with relation to the post-graduate and the specialisation training of Ghanaian health students both within Ghana and Turkey.
Dr Muezzinoglu said, ‘Enabling mothers to live, enabling children to live, and enabling people to have better lives are the three highest priorities in terms of a person’s duties.’
Dr Tia Sugri Alfred, Deputy Minister for Health, concluded by appealing for more of such equipment from Turkey’s government if it is possible.
By Jamila A. Okertchiri & Stephanie F. Miles
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