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Diasporian News of Wednesday, 11 June 2003

Source: Bedzra Dzokoto

Ghana Nurses Association of the Midwest Help Korle-Bu

KORLE-BU, ACCRA (June 5 2003) -- In an effort to help improve the healthcare delivery system in Ghana, the Ghana Nurses Association of the Midwest (GNAMW) donated Medical Equipment and Supplies to the Korle-Bu Cardiothoracic Center today. The first of its kind in Ghana, the center is specialized in the care of patients with cardiothoracic (organs in the chest, e.g. heart and lung) problems. In a short but memorable ceremony, Dr. Mark Mawutor Tetteh, cardiothoracic Surgeon at the center, accepted the donation on behalf of the director, Dr. Frimpong Boateng and the medical staff. Present was Matron Rebecca Essilfie, head nurse of the center and Dr.Edwin Frank.

Mr.Reuben Hadzide, Secretary of the GNAMW, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, USA, presented the items to the center. He explained that the donation is the beginning of a relationship between the cardiothoracic center and the GNAMW.His visit was to donate the items and assess the needs of the center for future donations.

He commended the management and staff of the center for their dedication and hard work and hoped that, the director would accept an invitation to Chicago for an annual fundraiser to be initiated for the center. Speaking to Reuben after the function, he voiced his satisfaction in the way the center has put previous donated items into use.

The items donated by the GNAMW includes:

  • Invacare 5 Oxygen Concentrator
  • Nelcor N200 Pulse Oximeter
  • Ohmeda Biox 3750 Pulse Oximeter
  • Portable Oxygen Tanks: Size 2 (3x30)
  • Commode
  • Surgical blades with handle
  • Surgical blades
  • Rolling Walker
  • Walker
  • Bubbler Oxygen Filtration Units
  • Oxygen Connection Fitting Kits (5X3)
  • Digital Blood pressure Monitor
  • Ipratropium Bromide (Inhalation Medicine)
  • Oxygen Flow Meter with Valves
  • Therapeutic Air Mattress
  • Oxygen Flow Meter
  • Oxygen Connector Supply Kits:tubbng,cannula, (3x24)
In accepting the items, Dr. Mark Tetteh expressed his thanks to the GNAMW for the timely donation, especially the Pulse oximeter monitors. Dr. Tetteh noted that out of the ten pulse oximeter monitors the center had ten years ago, only two are functioning. He pleaded with Ghanaians and donors all over the world to help raise funds to support the efforts of the center. Besides medical equipment and supplies, Dr. Tetteh appealed to individuals and organizations to sponsor patients who could not afford payment of their medical bills and are therefore placed on a waiting list.