NGO donates medical equipment to UEW Hospital

BY: Gilbert Mawuli Agbey
Mr Duke Banson (2nd left), the Country Representative of REACT Humanitarian Network, handing over one of the items to Rev. Fr Prof Afful-Broni (2nd right), UEW VC
Mr Duke Banson (2nd left), the Country Representative of REACT Humanitarian Network, handing over one of the items to Rev. Fr Prof Afful-Broni (2nd right), UEW VC

React Humanitarian Network, a UK-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), has donated medical equipment worth GH¢170,000 to the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Hospital to enhance healthcare at the facility.

The items included 10 tri-walkers, 16 rollators, 44 foldable walking aids, 106 adjustable walking aids, eight litter picks, 25 Buckingham Caddy, 12 chairs, 37 raised toilet seats, 10 male urinal containers, two plastic slated bathboards, two seat cushions and 20 therapeutic mats.

The rest are 35 mattresses, 14 hospital beds, three hoists, three contoured advance seats, Re turn 7500, bags, bedsheets and inflatable beds.

The NGO, established in 2016, has its focus on making education a social protection for disabled children and providing them with the opportunity to realise their potentials.

Accessible education

Handing over the equipment at the forecourt of the hospital last Thursday, the Country Representative of REACT, Mr Duke Banson, said the NGO aimed to ensure the provision of accessible education to Ghanaian disabled children suffering from ill-health, financial hardships, among others.

He noted that education was the best option for the disabled children to enable them to overcome challenges that might come their way in order for them to make useful contributions to the growth and development of the society.

Mr Banson indicated that the donation to the hospital was intended to place the health facility in a position to provide quality health care to the university community and the general public.

He hinted that REACT in the long term would adopt a ward at the facility to be used as a channel of support and sustainable collaboration between the two institutions.

Enhance operations

The Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Rev. Fr Professor Anthony Afful-Broni, lauded the organisation for the gesture, saying it would enhance the hospital’s operations.

He stated that managements of the university and the hospital would ensure that the equipment would be judiciously used so as to encourage other public-spirited organisations to offer similar support to the facility.

He welcomed the NGO’s decision to adopt a ward at the 100-bed hospital which is currently under construction and expected to be completed in October, this year.

The Director of Health Services at the UEW, Dr Beth Offei Awuku, described the donation as timely and indicated that the equipment would be utilised at the health facilities at the Winneba and Ajumako campuses.

Over the years, REACT Humanitarian Network has undertaken a number of projects including the reconstruction and modification of school structures to make them accessible to disabled children.

It has also offered scholarship schemes to the deprived and paid for the surgeries and medical rehabilitation of underprivileged people.