The IRD-International Relief & Development Donates medical items and equipment in the Ellembelle, Evaloe Gwira, and Jomoro constituencies.
A United State based non-governmental organization the International Relief & Development IRD , on the Tuesday 29 May, 2012 presented medical items and equipment valued at more than $350,000, to improve health delivery to three hospitals in the Ellembelle, Evaloe Gwira, and Jomoro constituencies.
The beneficiary hospitals are the St. Martin De Porres hospital at Eikwe in the Ellembelle District, the Axim government hospital in the Nzema-East District and the Half Assini government hospital in the Jomoro District.
The items which include theater lamps, theatre tables, beds, blood pressure apparatus, exams gloves, theatre shoes, pieces of disposable examination gown, among others, was donated through a network.
Presenting the items, Mr. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Ellembelle Constituency and the Deputy Minister of Energy, reiterated government’s commitment to improving the affordable healthcare delivery in the country.
He said whiles the development of the nation could only become a reality when the health care needs of the citizenry are met, the items are supposed to boost health care delivery in the region and Ghana as a whole.
The honourable Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah in a special appreciation acknowledged the contribution of IRD and Mr. Ali Nuhu Abekah, who is senior director of finance for the AVIPA+ project in Afghanistan and a native of Kamgbunli for his tireless role in getting the equipment for the hospitals.
In March, 2011 IRD organized a similar container shipment of medical supplies and medical equipment to the Alhaji Nuhu Memorial Healthcare Center in Kamgbunli, Ghana. The commodities, was valued at more than $300,000, aimed to improve health delivery in the town and its surrounding environs.
The Nzema Youth Association in a press release has warmly appreciated the wonderful gesture offered by the IRD to the good people of Ghana and also thanked Mr. Ali Nuhu Abekah for the excellent job and tireless efforts in trying to improve the health system of the region.
The Public relations officer of the group Mr. Nuhu Mohammed in a statement said “Weak health systems constrain efforts to improve and scale up the delivery of quality healthcare and services because it doesn’t matter how willing and hardworking health personnel are, if they do not have the appropriate and adequate equipment, medical consumables, drugs and the needed skill-set to function, they will be frustrated and unable to work efficiently and effectively and patients and communities will suffer.”
He said it is therefore important that the process of health system strengthening in the region remains a continuous one as the population grows and the needs change.
The vice President Mr. Anyimah Efoli Kanrah on behalf of the group thanked Mr. Ali Nuhu Abekah and the IRD for the kind gesture and appealed to other self-spirited individuals and organisations to emulate their shining example.
In another development Mr. Buah also announced that funds were ready for the construction of the Tikobo No.1 Doctor’s Bungalow to enable doctors stay and help improve health delivery in the district.
Rev Sr. Comfort Buadi, who is the Assistant Matron at the Hospital thanked the MP and the government for the gesture and pledged the staff’s commitment to work on improving health delivery in the area.
She also appealed to the MP and the Assembly to consider constructing nurses flats to house staff and student nurses who would be posted to the hospital.
Mr. Daniel K. Eshun, the District Chief Executive, assured the staff that immediately the site was cleared the projects would begin since all necessary documentations had been completed.
He said the Assembly had earmarked Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 850.000) from the District Development Fund (DDF) for the project and that the project shall be ready soon.
Mr. Eshun said the Assembly appreciates the contributions of the hospital to the District and pledged to consider the hospital for the construction of nurses’ hostel when the Assembly received any interventions.