The St. Anthony’s Hospital at Dzodze in the Ketu North Municipality of the Volta Region has taken delivery of a huge consignment of medical equipment and consumables valued at dozens of thousands of Ghana Cedis. The latest donation has been described as a major boost to the hospital’s healthcare delivery services to its numerous clients in its large catchment area.
The hospital which is currently playing the role as a Municipal Health facility, provides general, orthopedic and other specialized services to the thousands of patients who always seek healthcare services at the facility.
The donation came about as a result of a joint effort of SOSSAH and its partners including Madam Annemieke de Bruijckere, the Administrator of the hospital, Mr. Raphael Tumawu, the Dutch Rotary Club Roosendaal-Donkenland from the Netherlands as well as Wilde Ganzen amongst others. The items would go a long way to positively impact on the healthcare needs of the clients. It is also expected that the equipment and medical supplies would also boost the morale of the entire health staff of the hospital to give off their best to the patients.
As part of the hospital’s commitment to the process, the Management Team paid some duties on the consignment while the Dutch Rotary Club also responded to the Hospital’s appeal for the payment of the demurrage and other associated costs.
The equipment and consumables are expected to be used to retool the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Maternity, Operating Theatre as well as the Pediatric Ward of the facility in order to improve care and support to its clients some of whom come far and near including neighbouring Togo and La Cote d‘Ivoire.
Speaking to our newsteam at Dzodze, the district capital, the Administrator of the hospital, Mr. Raphael Tumawu noted that the arrival of the items was a great relief to the facility and its staff who continue to sacrifice and work hard to take care of the health needs of the people.
He described the collaboration between the hospital and its partners as very effective, adding that Management would continue to mobilize additional resources to further equip and resource the hospital.
Mr. Tumawu was grateful to the Dutch Rotary Club from the Netherlands, SOSSAH and other partners for the kind donation. He also thanked the Diocesan Director of Health Services, Rev. Fr. Lt. Col. Winfred D. K. Sraha (Retd), Mr. Samuel B. K. Nugblegah as well as Management and Staff of the hospital for their support and encouragement as well as the needed guidance throughout the process.
The In-Charge of the Pediatric Unit of the hospital, Ms. Linda Hayford described the gesture as a dream come true. According to her, working as a health worker in the rural area of the country was challenging, saying such gestures serve as a motivation to the health staff to give off their best to their clients.
She described the medical equipment and supplies received as quality products, adding that it is also rewarding as health staff to get such quality and standard equipment to work with.
The tall list of medical equipment and consumables included an ultrasound machine, six (6) fetal dopplers, two (2) delivery beds, ten (10) pulse oxymeters, two (2) suction machines, ten (10) baby cots, two (2) radiant wormers, ten (10) perfusers syringe pumps, two (2) general surgical sets, four (4) incubators, four (4) HB analyzers, thirty (30) thermometers, fifty (50) artery forceps, forty (40) bags of medical uniforms, that is aprons and jackets as well as several boxes of baby clothes.
SOSSAH is a Volta Region-based organization that collaborates with and supports the hospital to promote quality healthcare to its numerous clients.
Credit: Akukorku Media Consult