Two Non-Governmental Organizations based in Ghana and the USA respectively;Comprehensive Care Foundation (CCF) and Medplus Connect have collaborated to donate medical equipment and consumables worth USD 175,000.00 to the Lambussie District Health Directorate in the Upper West region of Ghana. The donation was to assist in improving access to quality healthcare services in the district.
During a brief ceremony to handover the donated equipment to the Health Directorate, the Executive Director of CCF, Dr. Titus Beyuo, a consultant Gynecologist and a Lecturer at the School of Medicine and Dentistry University of Ghana, who is also a native of the district said the deplorable state of healthcare in the District led him and his partners to perform a needs assessment of the health facilities sometime last and then begun the process of assembling the required items in the US.
The lists of items presented included 10 hospital beds, an incubator for neonates, an anesthetic machine, patient and instrument trolleys, wheelchairs, phototherapy unit and quantities of medical consumables like gloves, syringes and bandages.
He was hopeful this will go a long way in assisting the health directorate attain their goal of elevating the Lambussie Polyclinic (only polyclinic in the District) to the level of a district hospital and also elevating the Hamile Health Centre to a Polyclinic.
Dr. Beyuo further called on all stakeholders in the healthcare delivery system, to play their respective roles to improve on access to quality healthcare. While pleading with health staff to accept posting to deprived communities, he also requested government to put in stimulus package to attract the critically needed manpower to such areas. He further stated that universal access to healthcare should not be evaluated based only on the presence of CHPS compounds but also by access to secondary and tertiary levels of care, to ensure equity.
The District Director of health services, Mrs. Rebecca Alalbila, thanked the team for the donation and said the equipment could not have come at a better time. She promised the district will put them to good use to the benefit of all. She pleaded with other philanthropic organizations to come the aid of district. She was hopeful the two organizations will adopt the district and continue to support efforts being made by the health administration to improve upon service delivery.
Dr. Mathias P. Tengan, the Acting Medical Superintendent of the Lambussie Polyclinic also thanked the team and said the Polyclinic needed most of the items presented urgently to assist in their work.