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19.02.2004 Regional News

Rotary donates to Weija Communicable Diseases

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Accra, Feb. 19, GNA - The Rotary Club of Accra West in collaboration with four sister clubs in Taiwan has handed over medical equipment and supplies to the Weija Communicable Diseases Hospital to enhance their work.

A delegation from four sister clubs from Chungli Southeast, Mianoli Southeast, Hsin-Chu Southeast and Taoyuan Southeast of District 3,500 of Taiwan was in the country to make the presentation.

The items valued at 16,000 dollars included two recovery beds, sterilizer with ventilator, two aneroid sphygmomanometer meter, one mobile standing sphygmomanometer with canter and three professional deluxe stethoscope.

Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in an address called on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and public-spirited individuals to contribute generously towards health care delivery in the country.

He noted that government alone could not provide the health needs of the people and thanked the Taiwan clubs for their generosity. He said in partnership with the Rotary International the hospital would provide medical services to communities around Mallam, Kwashieman, Sowutuom and its environs.

Mr. Tim Chien, President of Rotary Club of Hsin-Chu Southeast District 3,500, Tawian and Leader of the delegation, expressed his gratitude for the hospitality accorded them and promised the Accra West Club of their preparedness to continue to assist the Hospital. Mr Foster Dzodzomenyo, President of Accra West Rotary Club, said the Club contacted the Hospital Authorities to identify their needs before raising the funds to purchase them.

"It is our hope that the partnership, which we have established with our colleagues from Taiwan will grow from year to year so as to enable all of us to continue to help our communities where needs are identified."

Mrs Mary Tandoh-Ashong, Senior Medical Assistant of the Hospital, in a welcoming address said facilities in the hospital exist for the past decade but many people even those within and around the area never know it exist.

She said the hospital is a separate entity from the Leprosarium, which many people visit and are familiar with. She said the hospital, which share the same compound with the Leprosarium takes care of the health needs of the inmates and hinted that they attend to all types of cases, at least an average of 90 clients a day.

Mr Robert F. Attah, a past District Governor said by these acts, the four clubs have demonstrated the Rotary ideal of service above self and have sown the seeds of love that will blossom and bear fruit. He said Rotary programmes span every aspect of life, children at risk, disabled persons, literacy, population issues, poverty and hunger, the environment and health care delivery. 19 FEB. 04

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