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Source: Novieku Babatunde Adeola

HTH receives $70,000 worth of medical supplies from Okudzeto-Ablakwa

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa on Monday, September 26 donated medical equipment and supplies to the Ho Teaching Hospital, Volta Regional Health Directorate and other health facilities.

The items were received by a delegation from the management of the hospital led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr John Tamapoure.

The donation was in fulfillment of the MPs pledge at a fundraising Breakfast Meeting organized for the Cardiothoracic Disease Center where he promised to donate 10,000 dollars to aid the hospitals drive of raising more than 3.2 million dollars to equip center of the hospital.

The event held on Thursday, April 28 was organized by Accra-based event engineering company, Impact Concept and Solutions Africa (ICS Africa).

The items worth $70,000 include petroleum gauze, cannulas, shoe covers, specimen bags, isolation gowns, irrigation trays and central venous catheters.

Others are punch biopsy devices, bone needles, defibrillators, anaesthesia tubings, arm and leg splints, finger splints and orthopaedic shoes.

The rest are ECG electrodes, neonatal electrodes, blood collection sets, surgical gowns, chest tubes, burns dressing, endotracheal tubes, oxygen mask, arterial catheterization sets, lamp holders, nasal cannula for oxygen and pathology cassettes.

The NDC MP during the presentation noted that the total cost of items procured for the Saint Anne Polyclinic at Tagadzi in the North Tongu District/ Constituency cost $200,000.

Asides the Ho Teaching Hospital, the Akuse District Hospital in the Eastern Region is also a beneficiary of the medical equipment.

Dr Tamapoure expressed the gratitude of the entire hospital for the gesture while soliciting more support from individuals and corporate institutions.

The acting Volta Regional Director of Health, Dr Senanu Kwesi Djokoto, said pandemic prevention and preparedness were now the main focus of the health directorate and that required political harmony.

The Cardiothoracic Disease Center in June 2021 launched a Fundraising project dubbed ‘Save a Heart, Save a Life’ to equip the center.


The project, spearheaded by ICS Africa, is aimed at raising more than $3.2 million to improve the already existing centre with modern state-of-the-art equipment, and also make it a reference centre for patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases.


The Ho Teaching Hospital remains one of the leading centres for healthcare delivery in Ghana. The fifth teaching hospital in the country, it was re-commissioned by the Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu as a Teaching Hospital on April 29, 2019, after the Hospital, went through a rigorous accreditation process by all the Health Professional Regulatory Bodies and the Health Facilities Regulatory Authority.
 
About the Cardio Center
 
The Cardiothoracic Centre of the Ho Teaching Hospital which mainly operates on OPD basis started clinical consultation and cardiothoracic diagnostic services to adult and pediatric patients on May 24, 2019, when construction and furnishings for three OPD consulting rooms were completed.
 
The Center is not yet equipped with awards for in-patient service. The staff regularly assists with in-patient management at the pediatric and neonatal units of the hospital, as well as the emergency and medical departments.
 
The OPD runs specialist consultations on Fridays while investigations in the form of electrocardiographs and echo-cardiograms are performed daily and on an emergency basis throughout the week.
 
OPD attendance has grown over the period from 348 in 2019 to 2,639 by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
 
All surgical cases are referred to the National Cardiothoracic Center in Korle-Bu due to the lack of surgical space and equipment.