The Lordina Foundation, with support from Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, has donated an ultra-sound scanner to the La General Hospital in Accra.
The scanner would help the hospital diagnose pregnancy- related abnormalities which could not be identified until delivery.
The equipment would be used to scan every pregnancy three times to enable clinicians to plan the delivery ahead of time to reduce maternal and infant death.
The Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia who deputised for the First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama thanked Siemens for the donation, noting that the equipment would also provide scanning services to diagnose cardio-vascular problems, including blood flow, heart defects and urology cases especially prostrate, bladder and kidney cases.
He said the government was committed towards ensuring a healthier population with reduced maternal mortality.
Mr. Segbefia said his outfit had been under the burden of providing resources to fund all third party maintenance contracts on equipment.
“The mobilisation of resources for sustaining the installed base of medical equipment has become extremely difficult under the current economic climate where both government and private sector budgets face a difficult battle for finite resources,” he said.
The Minister said the situation had presented a public policy opportunity for his outfit and its agencies to serve as stewards for the identification of alternative sources of funding for health technology management in hospitals.
He stressed the need to set up a medical equipment support fund with resources from internally generated funds of healthcare institutions for the servicing of recurrent costs.
Mr. Segbefia commended the hospital for its hard work and urged them to make good use of the equipment.
Siemens Africa Chief Executive Officer, Sabine Dall’Omo, said her outfit was committed to playing a meaningful role in the development of the African continent, especially, Ghana.
She was optimistic that the machine would achieve its purpose and improve the general health of people.
Expressing gratitude to the donors, Dr. Ebenezer Oduro Mensah, Medical Director of the hospital, said the hospital annually delivered 2,000 babies and was hopeful that the equipment would help improve healthcare delivery
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong