Health personnel of the Sissala East municipality have been called upon to judiciously use health equipment being provided to them to bring efficiency to their work.
The health equipments made up of 30 oxygen cylinders and 2 oxygen concentrators with 34 other ancillary parts were issued to the Sissala East Municipal Health Directorate in assisting the covid-19 patients.
In an interview with the RadfordFM 107.5 107.5FM in Tumu with Mr Issah Mohammed Bataglia the country director of Virtue Foundation Ghana who is also the National Democratic Congress Sissala East Parliamentary candidate, he said
“after the donation the foundation thought it wise to purchase some medical essentials like the oxygen cylinders and concentrators to give to the health centers to take care of possible positive cases of the COVID-19 in the municipality.
“We [the Virtue Foundation] had wanted to buy veronica buckets for every household, but taken into consideration how the virus is getting, we thought it wise that buying only the veronica buckets wouldn’t solve the problem. So, the deadly part of the virus when one has it is the respiratory distress which can cause one’s death, and as a result we planned that, should it even require us to divide the money at our disposal, to procure this oxygen equipment for the hospitals so that we can deal with the possible outbreak of positive cases”
Mr. Bataglia disclosed that all health centers and CHIPS zones in the municipality would each receive some of the equipment.
He reminded all that “ultimate aim of the Foundation is to see the donation helping the poor and vulnerable and therefore urge the health personnel to put to judicious use, the equipment and protect them”.
To demonstrate the effective use of the medical items, a training workshop was organized to show how some health personnel from the Tumu Municipal Hospital on how to operate the equipments donated.
Mr. Karaye Issah Dramani a participant assured that “the best appreciation they could show to the gesture done by the Virtue Foundation is to put the equipment to good use to achieve their intended purpose”.
He however, said the hospital still lacks emergency intensive care oxygen, ventilators that support patients who cannot breathe at all. He further said the equipment donated would not be able to play the role of oxygen ventilators which the hospital is seriously lacking and appealed to other philanthropists to come to the aid of the hospital
He recounted that the foundation in 2012 donated similar oxygen ventilators to the hospital but one is currently spoilt.
Dr Zakari Bukari who is the medical superintendent thanked Virtue foundation for the support and promised will the equipment.
Filed by: Radford FM/Tumu