The NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tema West Constituency, Mr Carlos Ahenkorah, has chosen to celebrate his birthday with a donation of 20 hospital beds, two incubators and a
polytank worth GH¢100,000 to the Tema General Hospital and the Tema Polyclinic as part of efforts to boost the health facilities .
Speaking to the media, the lawmaker said the donation formed part of his promises to the electorate in the lead-up to the 2016 general election to ensure that those health facilities were better equipped to deliver quality health care.
“I am only fulfilling a promise I made to these two institutions in my run-up to the 2016 general election that if I’m given the nod to be the MP of this area, I will do everything in my capacity to improve the image of these hospitals as much as I can,” Mr Ahenkrah stated.
There have been recent worrying stories about the no-bed syndrome in most of the government hospitals, resulting in more preventable deaths.
“It was imperative that I channel my donation towards this end and ensure that whatever I give is something that is going to solve this particular problem. We all know how babies suffer after birth and at times, it is very disheartening to see that more than three kids share an incubator that is meant for one,” Mr Ahenkorah intimated.
Mr Ahenkrah assured the management of the hospital of his continuous support to ensure that no child or person died because of
“These gifts are our widow’s mite and whatever it is, if we have to borrow to assist human health, we will do it because these are the very people who helped us get to this point and their challenge is our challenge. I am only praying that next year by this time, I will come here again and see these items looking the same so that it will encourage me to do more,” he posited.
The NPP MP for the Weija Gbawe Constituency, Ms Tina Mensah, who joined Mr Ahenkorah to celebrate his birthday, said was a wonderful gesture which would go a long way to alleviate the challenges within the health sector.
Ms Mensah, who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Health, indicated that the health sector had been in the news for the wrong reasons following the inadequate hospital beds in certain parts of the country.
“There was a talk about the Legon Hospital and the government has commissioned it. And then today the Emergency Care Unit at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has also been commissioned. We are fastening up to make sure that people of this country access quality health care,” she stated.
On receiving the items, the Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital, Dr Kwabena Opoku-Adusei, expressed his profound gratitude to the lawmaker.
According to him, the donation would help improve the situation in the hospital and further increase service delivery to the patients of the hospital.