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03.04.2009 Health

Rotary club of Tamale supports Tamale Teaching Hospital

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The Rotary club of Tamale, in partnership with some international Rotary clubs, have donated medical equipment and suppliers valued at about GH¢1 million to the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

The donation, which came in two 40 footer containers, is made up of 40 per cent equipment and 60 per cent consumables.

These included scanners, operating microscopes, X-ray machines, Incubators, Keratometer for eye operations, electrocardiogram machine, dental chair and accessories, hospital beds, trolleys and wheel chairs.

Rotary clubs in United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have been supporting the Tamale Rotary Club.

Mr Joseph Mumuni, President of the Rotary club of Tamale, said the Tamale club over the past six years spent close to 3 million dollars to provide portable water for rural communities and health institutions.

He said the water projects cut across the Upper East, Upper West and the Brong-Ahafo regions and this had contributed immensely to the near eradication of guinea worm in those places.

Mr Mumuni mentioned the contribution of Rotary International towards Polio Immunization globally and expressed the hope that the health sector would improve since Rotary had joined to help improve the sector.

Mr Mumuni said Rotary Club would continue to support the health sector provided the donation to the Tamale Teaching Hospital was put to good use.

“Now that rotary is a partner in the health delivery services of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, we shall continue to monitor their activities and to support or advice where necessary,” he said.

Dr Ken Sagoe, Chief Executive of Officer of the tamale Teaching Hospital, said the hospital was in the process of coming out of its problems since many organizations are now supporting the hospital.

Mr. Moses Mabengba, Deputy Northern Region Minister, said the donation demonstrated that people had the interest of the hospital at heart and called for efforts between the hospital management and corporate bodies to raise the image of the hospital.

He said the government would as a matter of urgency release funds for the rapid rehabilitation of the hospital and that the Northern Regional Coordinating Council was ready to help the hospital to realize its dreams.

Reverend Walter Hughes, contact person for the Tamale Rotary club in USA, said he would use his influence to seek more support for the hospital.

The Dagbon Maligu Youth Association of Modena in Italy has also donated an ambulance and 40 hospital beds to the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

The Jacobs Well Appeal also donated a 40 foot container full of hospital equipment valued at 80,000 pounds sterling.


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