The Lordina Foundation, founded by the First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, has donated a quantity of medical equipment and supplies to the Kade Government Hospital.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs Mahama said she was happy to make the presentation towards helping improving the health status of the people in the area.
She commended the health workers for their contribution to quality health care of the residents of the Kwaebibirem District and for their dedication to duty.
The First Lady said, the Government would, however, continue to provide quality health care to Ghanaians, hence the allocation of 12.5 per cent of the national budget to the health sector.
A huge chunk of national resources was invested in the training of health personnel,
Mrs Mahama said, noting that Ghana had more than 2,600 doctors and 30,000 plus nurses and other medical staff.
“These well-trained staff cannot discharge their duties in the society if they do not have the appropriate equipment and supplies,” she pointed out, and stated, “The Lordina Foundation, is therefore, contributing its widows mite in medical equipment and supplies to deprived health facilities all over the country.”
Mrs Mahama said, the government, over the years, had been exploring multiple opportunities including the use of ICT to improve the dissemination of health information and to facilitate remote medical consultation between patients and their doctors.
She said, ICT could enhance the governments’ ability to closely monitor the incidence of health threat and improve the efficiency of patients’ administrative systems in health care facilities.
Every Ghanaian, rich or poor, she said, should have access to the health care when he or she needed it.
Mrs Mahama urged Ghanaians to make a concerted effort to eliminate infectious diseases through regular cleaning as well as making sanitation an issue that concerned all.
She said, “Together as a nation, we can overcome the communicable diseases that unnecessarily claim the lives of our children, families and relatives”.
The Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, Dr Collins Osei, who received the items on behalf of the hospital, thanked the First Lady for her kind gesture.
He said, since the upgrading of the health centre to a hospital in August 2007, it had faced a number of challenges with no infrastructural development.
He said the hospital was faced with inadequate wards, while a ward started years ago by the community was yet to be completed
Dr Osei said the situation got worse during the rains because the roof of most part of the building leaked.
He, therefore, called for urgent attention to improve the facilities of the hospital.