ALL health facilities in the Brong Ahafo Region, especially the regional, municipal and district hospitals are to benefit from modern medical equipment and drugs from MEDSHARE Company, a United States of America (USA) based humanitarian organisation.
The medical supplies, which would be distributed freely to beneficiary hospitals and clinics from time to time in the region, would be used by the health facilities for the needy and during their outreach programmes.
Under the deal, the beneficiary health institutions would only pay for the shipping and handling charges, while the donation of the medical supplies would be made at the request of and to the specifications of the beneficiary facilities. The company would also present new equipment, straight from the manufacturers to the beneficiaries.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo-Nyamekye-Marfo, struck the deal during his recent visit to the USA.
This came to light at a meeting in Sunyani attended by the Regional Minister, Mrs Christine Komba Boateng, a Ghanaian based in Atlanta, Georgia in USA; the Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Aaron Offei, and the Medical Director of the Regional Hospital, Dr Abebrese.
Mrs Boateng, who is also a Patient Care Technician, said her group, comprising two other Ghanaians, namely Messrs Patrick Kwame Junior and Robert Andoh, were only facilitating the deal.
She said apart from the equipment and drugs, health institutions in the region that do not have ambulances could request for those vehicles.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo said the government and the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) were ready to collaborate with any organisation, group or individuals such as MEDSHARE Company and Mrs Boateng to promote quality health care delivery to the people.
He called on the various health facilities in the region to make their needs known so that they could be assisted.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo lauded Mrs Boateng and her group for seeking the welfare of their nation and expressed the hope that other Ghanaians based abroad would emulate the example.
Dr Offei, for his part, said the Ghana Health Service (GHS) had a policy on the donation of medical supplies and expressed the hope that all the donated items were in line with that policy.
Dr Abebrese seized the opportunity to request for a C.T. scan machine for the regional hospital.
Mrs Boateng, in the company of the regional director of health services and medical director of the regional hospital later toured the regional hospital to assess the needs of the facility in order to make a request for medical supplies.