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20.07.2009 Health

Auto Clave Equipment For Tamale Hospital

By ISD (Zakari Musah)
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The Rotary Club of Accra West, on behalf of Rotary Club of Uppington in the United Kingdom, has donated Auto Clave equipment worth £3,000 to the Tamale Hospital in the Northern Region to enable the hospital carry out eye surgeries.

An Auto Clave is a machine used in sterilising eye surgical equipment.

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Elias Sory, who received the item in Accra on behalf of Tamale hospital, said proper health care is very crucial and that a nation with a healthy people contributes positively to the economic growth of that country.

He added that it is important to always ensure that the health sector is properly equipped to enable health officers carry out their duties efficiently and effectively for the wellbeing of the people.

According to him, the deficiency in eye care services in Ghana is that there are few personnel in the country and that the few personnel have to do an outreach services.

He called for the need to equip them to enable them deliver efficiently.

Dr Sory bemoaned the lack of infrastructure and equipment at the Tamale hospital, saying 'I am happy Rotary Club has been supporting the health sector in a way to ensure that humanity gets good health care. Keeps the spirit of volunteerism and keep on helping GHS,' he stated.

Mr Fredi Asiedu, immediate past President of the club, said the donation became necessary when the club health officers from India in collaboration with the GHS went to Tamale and Gushegu last year to perform eye surgery and detected that Tamale hospital has auto clave problem.

Mr Asiedu said, out of 1000 cases supposed to be operated on, only 260 eye surgeries were performed, due to the faulty auto clave.

He explained that the rotary club started the eye surgery project four years ago each time the GHS determines where they have backlog of eye cases and said, so far they have operated in the Central, Eastern and Northern regions.

Mr Asiedu said the donation forms part of their social responsibilities and pledge the club's continued support to the health sector to alleviate the challenges confronted the sector.

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