The German development agency (GIZ) has presented medical equipment and materials to the Graphic Clinic in Accra to aid its healthcare delivery services to its staff and host community.
The equipment include heavy duty weighing scales with height meter; electronic sphygmomanometers, pulse oximeters and a public address system for health education purposes.
The clinic has been selected as one of 26 Ghana Association of Quasi-Government Health Institutions (GAQHI) to receive support to set up units to provide preventive healthcare services.
A Project Manager at GIZ, Ms Juliette Edzeame, presented the items to the Resident Medical Officer, Dr Jacqui Barnes, who received the equipment on behalf of the Graphic Clinic.
Ms Edzeame explained that the main objective of the Prevention is Better than Cure (PBC) project, which was being done in partnership with other private sector companies, was to integrate health prevention and health promotion measures into the service packages of both public and private health service providers, as well as health insurance brokers in the country.
She said the items were for routine patient checks at the clinic and community medical outreaches, adding that it was their expectation that health preventive measures would complement curative services that healthcare institutions and insurance providers offered their clients.
“The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a German development organisation (on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) and in partnership with Sysmex, Ghana Community Network Services (GCNet), Golden Star Resources Limited, NMS Infrastructure Limited, Nationwide Mutual Healthcare and Claron Health), is implementing the PBC programme,” she said.
For her part, Dr Barnes thanked GIZ and its partners and expressed the commitment that the items would be applied to their purposes.
“The clinic is now sure of providing preventive healthcare services of high quality, as well as education on basic health habits to staff and their dependants and persons in the neighbouring communities of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL),” she stated.
The PBC programme was initiated in April 2015 to run for three years.
It is expected to improve health care and address the health and social protection needs of the staff of partnering institutions, their families and the general public.