In their quest to help mitigate the untimely deaths associated with respiratory-related diseases and their devastating effects, the Diaspora African Forum (DAF) in partnership with the Simpkins family, has donated a state-of-the-art oxygenator to the International Maritime Hospital (IMaH).
The donation of the oxygenator, which took place last Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at the hospital in Tema was expected to address challenges associated with respiratory-related diseases.
With its state-of-the-art high capacity and high flow characteristics, the oxygenator would be expected to serve a vast majority of people in and around the Tema metropolis who would need the services of the oxygenator to support their breathing.
Speaking to the Founder and Head of Mission of DAF, H.E. Dr. Erieka Bennett at the sidelines of the donation, she explained that the donation was to express the gratitude of the Simpkins family to the International Maritime Hospital for the immense care and support rendered to save the life of their sister, Ms. Simpkins when she took ill.
"We believe that this will help reduce the burden that covid-19 has placed on Ghana's health sector", she intimated.
"We thought she might need the oxygenator to aid her breath, unfortunately, on admission at the hospital, she didn't need but we promised to purchase one for the hospital and we have redeemed our promise", H.E. Bennett noted.
She urged the hospital authorities to adopt a good maintenance culture to ensure that the equipment's life span is guaranteed to help society.
Receiving the presentation on behalf of the hospital, the Chief Executive Officer, IMaH, Dr Sylvester Yaw Oppong expressed the hospital's appreciation to the DAF and the Simpkins family for making such a giant investment into the hospital.
He said though the hospital has similar equipment the coming of the oxygenator would augment what the hospital already had.
In terms of its sustainability, he noted that the hospital has a good maintenance culture which he said would the life span of gadget.
Diaspora African Forum (DAF) is the and only diplomatic mission in the world dealing with issues about Diaspora.
The donation of the oxygenator saw in attendance Dr Cuthbert Simpkins, the brother of Ms Glenda Simpkins, Diane Phipps-Simpkins, Dr Ryan Azcueta of AMI, Counsel for DAF, Dr DeCosta Aboagye, the Director of Health Promotion at the Ghana Health Service, Abdul Latif Bennett, Dr Joana.