Health News of Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Source: Graphic Online
The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) has donated a consignment of vehicles and hospital equipment valued at $800,000 to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
The vehicles, made up of five Toyota Hilux pick-ups, are to be distributed to the three northern regions, the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions to support maternal healthcare services and a 30-seater Toyota bus for the School of Midwifery in Accra.
The hospital equipment included five anaesthesia machines, 35 blood bank fridges, 100 hospital beds and 10 delivery beds.
The rest were 650 midwifery kits, fistula kits, protective goggles, sterilising drums, vacuum extractors among others.
The UNFPA Country Representative in Ghana, Mr Bernard Coquelin, who handed over the consignment to the Minister of Health, Ms Sherry Ayittey in Accra yesterday, said the donation was aimed at helping to reduce the country’s maternal mortality drastically.
Mr Coquelin explained that the items were intended to support the country to move closer to achieving the Millenium Development Goal Five (MDG5) which is on reducing maternal mortality.
In an era of information, communication technology (ICT), he said the UNFPA had also procured computers and accessories for other ministries, departments and agencies including the National Youth Authority, the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the National Population Council to make for effective programme monitoring of their work.
Ms Ayittey, in receiving the consignment, said it would help facilitate the work of the MoH in the beneficiary regions.
She said the ministry’s aim was to reduce maternal mortality to a single digit by 2015, adding that the donation had, therefore, come in handy.