The Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly in its efforts to boost maternal health, yesterday donated assorted theatre equipment and accessories to the Legon Hospital, in Accra.
The equipment valued at GH¢592,000, included anesthetic machines, theatre trolleys and ultrasound gadgets.
The assembly also presented a quantity of Veronica buckets, hand sanitisers and liquid soap to support the hospital’s fight against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Municipal Coordinating Director of the assembly, Joshua Esuhene, presented the equipment on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive to the hospital.
He said the gesture formed part of the assembly’s mandate to provide medical services to communities towards making health delivery affordable to the people.
According to Mr Esuhene, the maternity and the theatre units, the recipients of the donation, would now function effectively to complement efforts of the hospital and that of the Ghana Health Services.
“These equipment are to complement government’s efforts in providing efficient health delivery in the catchment area, especially for the staff of families of the numerous employees of government agencies and departments, who operate within precincts of the hospital,” he said.
The Head, Maternity and Theatre Unit of the hospital, Dr Timothy Senunyeme, commended the assembly for the gesture, and urged other organisations and individuals to support the hospital.
He said the equipment arrived at the time the pandemic was spreading, and that it would help monitor patients.
Dr Senunyeme urged expectant mothers to report medical conditions they might notice for prompt action, explaining that no medical situation was beyond the expertise of personnel at the hospital.
The Acting Director of the Hospital, Dr Mark Frempong, urged the public to abide by COVID-19 protocols.
“You need to wear your face mask, ensure regular usage of hand sanitisers and constant washing of hands with soap under running water and also observe the social distancing directive,” he advised.
BY LAWRENCE VOMAFA AKPALU