Kete-Krachi (V/R) July 31 GNA - The Second Lady, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur has called on Ghanaians to contribute meaningfully towards quality health delivery in deprive areas of the country.
She said it does not matter how small the support may be but the important thing is to make a difference in the lives of the people.
Mrs Amissah-Arthur made the call when she presented hospital equipment and supplies including baby cots, examination beds, wheel chairs, clutches, sterilisers and drip stands to the Kete-Krachi District Hospital in the Krachi West District of the Volta Region.
The donations to the hospital forms part of the Second Lady’s advocacy to support deprive communities with hospital equipment and educational materials across the country.
Mrs Amissah-Arthur commended the health staff for their commitment and dedication to work.
She said despite the limited resources they are working to improve maternal and child health in Kete-Krachi and surrounding communities.
She also presented medical kits to four young doctors who have been posted to the hospital to use the equipment for medical emergencies.
Mrs Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Regional Minister praised the wife of the Vice President for supporting the Kete-Krachi District Hospital since the medical equipment would help to improve health delivery at the place.
She stated that the lifewire of a nation depends on the good health of its citizens, adding that it is when the citizens are healthy that productivity would be able to go high.
She said the visit of the second Lady to Kete-Krachi shows her concern for the people in terms of good health delivery in the area.
She said the district is also benefiting from various government projects being undertaken in the area.
Dr Joseph Teye Nuertey, Regional Health Director stated that when he assumed office he noticed there were only few midwives in the region and as result had to setup a midwifery training institution which he is located at Kete-Krachi.
He said later the Health Assistant Programme was added and intends to introduce General Nursing Programme by 2016 as well as setup a Clinical Training Centre for Physician Assistants for the region in the district.
He urged the principal of the school admit more students from the area to enhance the local content of the community.
In a related development, Mrs Amissah-Arthur presented medical equipment and supplies to the Borae Health Centre in the Krachi Nchumuru District of the Region.
She welcomed the Regional Director of Health Services call for the use of mobile phones for child and maternal health delivery in the rural areas.
She said when implemented it would go a long way to reduce child and maternal deaths in the country.
Mrs Amissah-Arthur cited examples in Namibia midwives are able to call pregnant women who are their patients from time to time to advise them on things to do.
She stated that in Ivory Coast text messages are sent to the people in rural communities to educate them on how to their mosquito nets to prevent them from contracting malaria.