Heads and representatives of a number of Health Institutions, Constituencies and Municipal Assemblies this afternoon left the Office of the First Lady of the Republic, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo with delight and relief after being presented with assorted hospital equipment for their various facilities.
The donations follows requests made by these institutions to the Rebecca Foundation, for emergency assistance to augment their inadequate and obsolete medical equipment.
Drawn from various parts of the country, the institutions were presented with medical equipment including several hospital beds, wheel chairs, ultrasound machines, microscopes, defibrillators, incubators, microwave ovens ,refrigerators and a lung machine for the Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Making the donations, the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana and Executive Director of The Rebecca Foundation, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo expressed optimism that the equipment will enhance health delivery in the beneficiary institutions, stating that the donations were made in line with outcomes of vetting of requests for assistance, put in by the various institutions to the Rebecca Foundation.
The First Lady urged corporate Institutions and non-governmental institutions to turn their attention to augmenting government’s effort to re-equip health facilities across the country by making conscious effort to seek the needs of health facilities especially in rural communities and extend their benevolence to them.
She said while some well-to-do in big cities could access all manner of health deliveries at any time, it was always heart-wrenching to witness or hear of the passing of another, because of lack of hospital beds, incubators, or some otherwise basic hospital equipment; a situation which motivated her to procure and distribute the equipment.
Among the beneficiary institutions are government health facilities, mission health centers, municipal assemblies and constituencies. They include Wenchi Municipal Assembly, Savelugu Municipal Assembly, Shai Osudoku. Others are Obuasi West Constituency, Dormaa West Constituency, Okaikoi Central Constituency, Upper West Akim Constituency, Fanteakwa South Constituency and Atiwa West Constituency. The rest are Adentan Municipal Health Directorate, Techiman Holy Government Hospital and the Cardiothoracic Centre, Korle Bu Hospital.
On behalf of beneficiary organisations, Member of Parliament for Fante Akwa South Constituency, Hon. Kofi Okyere-Agyekum thanked Mrs. Akufo-Addo and The Rebecca Foundation for their timely kind gesture. He said they were particularly elated that The First Lady and her Organisation has turned their focus to “smaller” health institutions in relatively remote areas to offer assistance.
The Member of Parliament charged beneficiary institutions to use the donated equipment with care to ensure their longevity and optimum use for their intended beneficiaries.