MOH hands over refurbished units to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

BY: Arku Jasmine

Minister of Health, Ms Sherry Aryittey inspecting the new projectsThe Ministry of Health has handed over six projects valued at $ 52 million to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) to facilitate the delivery of quality healthcare.

The projects include the refurbishment and re-equipping of the dental unit, a paediatric theatre, designated ward for stroke patients, mammography unit, laundry and catering departments.

Funded by the United States Government through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the initiative falls under the National Medical Equipment Replacement Project, aimed at providing medical equipment, service and infrastructure in 100 hospitals across the country.

As part of the project, 30 per cent of obsolete medical equipment stock in teaching hospitals, regional hospitals and some district and mission hospitals are to be replaced.

The refurbished units that had deteriorated, abandoned and closed down for several years were refurbished and re-equipped by the Belstar Development, a Miami based company.

The dental department has been re-fitted with eight brand new dental treatment units and ancillary accessories, new X-ray machines have been installed while the children’s theatre has been fully refurbished and equipped.

The old and obsolete CT and MRI scanners have been replaced by advanced medical imaging centre.

Delivery of effective healthcare to Ghana’s population has been severely constrained by lack of modern medical equipment and the retooling of the nation’s premier teaching hospital, is expected to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and strengthen responsive health systems.

At a ceremony to handover the projects yesterday, the Minister of Health, Ms Sherry Ayittey, said the health sector had been constrained by the lack of long term fundings especially in the purchase of spare parts and medical consumables.

She urged the management and staff of the hospital to observe maintenance culture to ensure that the new equipment had longer life span.

To ensure that revenue generated by the KBTH was accounted for and used to maintain the equipment, a memorandum of understanding was also signed between the minister and the Acting Chief Executive of KBTH, Rev. Albert Botchway.

Rev. Botchway expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Health for the enormous support to the hospital, adding that the new equipment would contribute immensely to saving lives.

By Salomey Appiah & Vida Essel/Daily Graphic/Ghana