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Health News of Monday, 11 May 2020

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Effia Nkwanta Hospital gets support to procure ventilator

Western Region’s biggest referral center, Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, has received another major boost in its drive to acquire ventilators to ensure it is adequately equipped to handle emergency cases particularly as Covid-19 cases soar in the region.

The medical facility has for years been without any working ventilator, leaving management racing to get some in stock with the advent of the Covid-19 virus.

The hospital has since March this year been making appeals to corporate organizations and philanthropists to support them acquire the vital medical gadget.

An industrial haulage company based in Takoradi, Monpe Heavy Haulage Company Limited, has responded to the hospital’s call for support by presenting a cheque for GH¢144,387.25.

The amount will be enough to purchase one brand new mechanical ventilator.

General Manager for Monpe Heavy Haulage Co. Ltd Peter Everett presenting the cheque to the hospital spoke of how the virus is affecting the financial disposition of many across the world.

“Even though it is not easy to pay this amount of money, we as a company recognizes and appreciates what everybody is doing during this pandemic…and also for people to know that even though we are working, we are still thinking of the people who are not able to work due to the Covid-19.”

He prayed that the Region will not get a case that will require a ventilator so that the yet-to-be purchased ventilator, when procured, will be used to handle other equally critical health conditions.

“It is my fervent prayer that we don’t get any critical case here so, that after the pandemic, the machine can be used on asthmatic patients….”

An excited Medical Director for Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Dr. Joseph Tambil, applauded the company and its management for “this very big donation since the amount is not one that someone will easily part with”.

“This pandemic has stressed up the whole world. In it also, we’ve seen the goodness in human beings and what Monpe has done today is a huge testament to that… that people are still willing to help financially even though this thing might have affected their business and brought down their margins.”

He promised on behalf of management of the hospital to use the funds for its intended purpose, and as well adhere to a strict maintenance culture to ensure a longer use of the ventilator if purchased.

Monpe’s donation is the second donation after a similar one from Carmeuse Company Limited was made towards the procurement of mechanical ventilators for the hospital.

Management of the hospital intends to set up an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where these equipment will be installed and used for emergency situations.

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