Healthcare delivery in the Ofoase Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern Region of Ghana has received a major boost due to the completion and handing over of a medical theatre to support the services of its 1st medical doctor.
The medical theatre is a state-of-the-art facility that came with an official residence and vehicle for the medical director of the facility to serve the over 100,000 people in the area.
MP for the constituency and Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who sponsored the projects, said he was delighted at the opportunity to do it for his community.
The medical theatre is fitted with ultra-modern equipment including 1 Electrocardiography (ECG) machine, 10 ECG papers, two incubators, 2 oxygen concentrators, 2 delivery beds, 2 examination couches, 2 examination lamps, 10 hospital beds, 10 bedside cabinets, 5 intravenous (IV) stands, 2 nebulizer sets, 20 oxygen nasal prongs, and 2 vital sign monitors among others.
Speaking at a brief ceremony to commission the health facility, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah celebrated the work of Dr. Prince Koranteng Ampaw and his team and encouraged them to take good care of the facilities.
He said the completion of the theatre will greatly improve health delivery in Brenase, noting the revamping of other health facilities in the area to boost the stock of health infrastructure and bridge the healthcare access gap.
He said: “when I assumed office as Member of Parliament, one of the things that was missing in the constituency was an excellent health facility that will carter for the health needs of my constituents. Accordingly, that was a top priority, so myself and DCE Paul Asamoah channeled our energies to making sure the constituency has state-of-the-art health facilities. Like we did for Ayirebi, today I am happy to announce to the people of Brenase that they have a designated health facility that will see to their health needs,” he said.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah also expressed his gratitude to the chiefs and people of the area for providing the conducive environment for the construction and completion of the project.
The ceremony also saw the commissioning of a permanent residence for the only doctor in the Akyemansa district. The doctor who is now stationed in the district was also given a pick-up vehicle to help in his transportation needs.
The commissioning was attended by the District Chief Executive Officer, Paul Asamoah, District Health Director, Gifty Sunu, Eastern Regional Director of Health, Dr. Winifred Owusu, Residence doctor, Dr. Prince Koranteng Ampaw and Nananom.
In his remarks, Mr. Asamoah also underscored the benefits of the medical theatre in improving healthcare delivery in the constituency and beyond. He said the completion of the theatre is further proof that the MP for the area is committed to providing health infrastructure to help improve healthcare delivery in the district.
On her part, Mrs. Sunu lauded the Minister for listening to the call of his constituents and acting accordingly in providing the health facility. She however admonished managers of the facility to maintain it so it can adequately serve its intended purpose stressing that “a lot of investment has gone into this project and we need to prevent the equipment against damages”.