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Health News of Friday, 19 January 2018


NGO partners Ofoase-Ayirebi MP to support health centres in Akyemansa district

A US-based health-focused NGO, Nana’s project has expressed delight in being able to collaborate with Ofose-Ayirebi MP, Oppong Nkrumah to deliver health equipment to 8 district hospitals.

The beneficiary hospitals located within the Akyemanso District of the Eastern Region attend to over 100, 000 people but aren’t adequately resourced with logistics and personnel.

The founder of the NGO, Nana Yaa Konadu Asare said it was an honour to collaborate as a donor partner with Kojo Oppong Nkrumah to support these hospitals and hopes that the items donated will go a long way to improve their service delivery.

She noted that the NGO was moved by the plight of the district in relation to their health delivery but believed in the plan of the MP to help to improve the situation, therefore, their decision to partner him.

“I just pretty much heard the story, there are over 100, 000 people no doctor, I saw the facilities, the facilities need a lot of help, they do not have a lot of tools to provide proper patient care so I decided this was the place I was going to come,” she said

“We would like to be able to provide good healthcare to all. We want that if you go to any of the hospitals here, you should be able to have same and exact care as you would at another, so consistency and getting the hospital to have the tools they need to be successful. Even if we are able to reach half of the 100, 000 people we have done something” she added

Ofoase-Ayirebi MP, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah explained that the donation of over GHC200, 000 worth of medical items to the hospitals was part of the intervention instituted by himself and the DCE, Paul Asamoah to drastically cause a change in the health delivery system of the district.

The plan which is being carried out in three broad phases includes the provision of critical logistics, provision of necessary infrastructure and the provision of critical health personnel.

“Today we are pleased that in collaboration with our donor partners, we are making available medical equipment of various categories to the tune of about GHC200, 000; it includes delivery beds for our sisters and mothers who are in labour, patient lifts for those who are not mobile, IV kits, operation kits, wheelchairs, hundreds of thousands of gloves and bandages, masks and lab test kits. It is our dream and our vision that we will significantly improve the state of medical care in this district as we go through this phase of the medical project”

He was confident that with the planned intervention, he would be able to improve the situation he met and the dire situation the people found themselves in will be aptly attended to.

"Our health situation is very deplorable, the statistics are very heart-breaking and there are three main interventions that we have put in place.
One is to provide the necessary infrastructure, provide the critical logistics and three ensure we have the critical health personnel here. For the healthcare infrastructure that’s why we are investing so much so that by the middle of 2018 we would have refurbished our 8 health centres, we would have provided a lot more critical logistics and the exercise to bring in critical staff would have reached its pinnacle by that time and it is to ensure that the very very dire situation we met when we assumed office is attended to as soon as possible" Oppong Nkrumah pledged

Overwhelmed by the gesture, the Chiefs and people of Akyemansa lauded the MP and DCE for their foresight and for delivering on their promises

The Chairman of the event and Kotokoum hene, Obrempong Boakye Akoto II said in twi “I am overwhelmed with joy and excitement that such an intervention has been made all thanks to our honourable MP, Oppong Nkrumah, He says and he does. He never fails. He recently gave over 200 students’ scholarship and today look at this. I dare say that had the government would have struggled to amass such items for this purpose but through the instrumentality of Oppong Nkrumah, such a thing is possible before us today. We are indeed grateful and overwhelmed”

The donation is one of several other interventions lined-up by the MP and the DCE as part of their commitment made to the people to improve the health, education, infrastructure and economic aspects of the lives of people in the district.