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General News of Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Source: GNA

First Lady donates equipment to six health institutions

Accra, July 6, GNA - The First Lady, Dr Ernestina Naadu Mills, on Wednesday donated hospital equipment worth GH¢250,000 to six health institutions in Accra.

They are La General Hospital, Mamobi Polyclinic, Ussher Fort Polyclinic, Castle Polyclinic, Kaneshie Polyclinic and Princess Marie Louis Hospital.

The equipment are theatre tables, hospital beds, colpuscope, oxygen concentrators, wheel chairs, nebulisers, glucometers, Blood Pressure monitors, laryngoscopes, surgical instruments.

Others are disposable gowns, drapes, syringes, laryngoscopes, plasters, bandages, ophthalmoscopes and horoscopes.

They are to assist health personnel to discharge their duties well and deliver emergencies on time.

Dr Naadu Mills noted that health institutions in the urban areas faced many challenges including lack of facilities in discharging their duties which sometimes resulted in deaths.

In line with these challenges, she therefore promised during the Election 2008 campaign to assist health institutions when the NDC was voted into power.

She said this was the first batch and more would be provided in future to help make health care delivery efficient and effective in the country.

Dr Naadu Mills, however, called for proper care and maintenance of the equipment to prolong their life span.

Mr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, said the equipment formed part of the Millennium City project to ensure health institutions in the metropolis were equipped with modern facilities.

He said government was committed to ensuring that the welfare of the people were maintained and would therefore collaborate with the Ministry of Health to support health personnel in the country.

Mr Vanderpuije announced that under the project, facelift programmes would be undertaken at Nima, Mamobi, La, Korle Gonno as well as provision of modern clinics and hospitals.

He urged health personnel to contribute their quota to the country's development.

Dr Juliana Ameh, Specialist Paediatrician, La General Hospital, who received the equipment on behalf of the beneficiary institutions, expressed appreciation to the First Lady for the kind gesture.

She noted that the equipment arrived at the appropriate time and would be well utilised.

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