Couple, 2 others donate to Ashanti, Bono health facilities

BY: Daniel Kenu
Mrs Gifty Frimpong (3rd left) presenting a sample of the equipment to Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, the CEO of KATH. They are flanked by Prof Baafuor Kofi Opoku, Medical Director, Georgina Afua Sam, Director of Nursing Services and Anthony K. Mensah, Director of Pharmacy
Mrs Gifty Frimpong (3rd left) presenting a sample of the equipment to Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, the CEO of KATH. They are flanked by Prof Baafuor Kofi Opoku, Medical Director, Georgina Afua Sam, Director of Nursing Services and Anthony K. Mensah, Director of Pharmacy

A registered Ghanaian nurse based in Canada and her husband have joined two others to deliver a 40-footer container of medical consumables to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and two other health facilities to support the delivery of quality health care.

Mrs Gifty Frimpong and her husband, Mr William Kwaku Frimpong, with the support of a Canadian-based NGO, Excellence in Africa Neuroscience and Health, as well as a Ghanaian retired Neonatologist also based in Canada, Dr Kwadwo Gail Asante, presented the items worth more than $300,000 to KATH, the Sunyani Hospital and the Kurofa Clinic at Asante Akyem in the Ashanti Region.

An additional 40-footer container of similar equipment is expected to be delivered next week to augment the already delivered ones.

Mrs Frimpong said KATH was chosen because it remained the biggest referral centre in the region, while the other two facilities were chosen because she and her husband hail from those areas.

Items

The items included hospital beds, mattresses, stretchers with mattress, bed side tables, complete vital sign machine (BP/ ECG), mixed dressings sets, mixed hospital sheets and scrubs (lots), portable manual BP machine and medical rover orthoscopic set.

Mrs Frimpong said the team discovered the massive equipment gap during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana and the need to support the government.

Already, she had played a crucial role in helping raise funds in Canada to support the Rebecca Foundation to help build the Mother and Baby Unit at KATH.

Similarly, she used her network to solicit and mobilise the latest deliveries to the three health facilities.

She promised the support was going to be frequent but dependent on the specific needs of each of the health facilities.

The Chief Executive Officer of KATH, Dr Oheneba Owusu- Danso, said majority of the equipment would be allotted to the Accident and Emergency Department of the hospital because the equipment there was being overstretched.

He said similar presentations had helped to contain the COVID-19 situation at the facility and called on corporate institutions home and abroad to support KATH.

The CEO said currently, only 12 patients were at the treatment centre and eight at the holding centres.

He expressed gratitude to the Frimpong family, the doctor and the NGO for coming to the aid of the hospital.