USAID representative handing over the equipment to the deputy Greater Accra regional minister

THE UNITED States Agency for International Development (USAID) under its Focus Region Health Project (FRHP) has handed over clinical equipment worth $350,000 to the Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate (GARHD).

The donation is in addition to equipment USAID has previously presented to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Ridge Regional Hospital maternity ward.

They include an autoclave/sterilizer tuttnauer, cesarean section kit (67 instruments), delivery set (11 instruments), gynecological examination table, adult stethoscope and different types of training models.

The items are to be distributed to health facilities throughout the Greater Accra region, including chip zones, polyclinics, health centers and hospitals.

David O’Brien, chief party of JSI Research and Training Institute, implementers of the FRHP, presenting the equipment said the donation is to foster the achievements chalked by the GARHD in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in maternal and child mortality.

“Births attained by skilled providers have increased to 90% and interim preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy has increased from 30% to 60%,” he said.

Mr. O’Brien also commended the health workers in the greater Accra region for their efforts in strengthening the services they provide to residents of the region and urged them to make good use of the equipment.

“We hope that this equipment will further reinforce the progress being made and future advances,” he said.

Greater Accra Regional Minister,  Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy, Isaac Vanderpuiye, expressed his appreciation to USAID for making a series of donations to the region.

“Last year the USAID/Ghana through FRHP donated medical equipment worth about $100,000 to district hospitals, polyclinics and health centers in addition to donations totaling approximately $400,000 to the Ridge Regional Hospital and the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital,” he said.

He said the agency also presented IT equipment to 14 metros, sub metros, district health directorates and regional health directorates to strengthen the health information management system in the region.

He was optimistic the equipment will go a long way to solve the challenge of limited medical equipment, especially for obstetric and neonatal care in the region.

He also urged all beneficiary institutions to properly maintain the equipment for the benefit of service delivery in the region and the country as a whole.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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