Dodi Papase get a Surgery Theatre ( Friday February 19, 2009 Back Page)

A US$332,000 surgical theatre has been inaugurated at the St Mary Theresa Hospital at Dodi Papase in the Kadjebi District of the Volta Region.
The theatre houses various facilities, including an X-ray, a water purification equipment, laundry equipment, an incinerator, borehole drilling equipment, an oxygen concentrator and its auxiliary equipment and a storage facility.
Funding for the project was made possible through a partnership between the Rotary Club of Accra and its counterparts in Ludenscheid (Germany), Canterbury (England), Leuven (Belgium), Utrecht (The Netherlands) and St Quentin (France).
The German Government, through the Ludenscheid Rotary Club, provided funding for the construction of the operating theatre, while the Rotary Foundation of the Rotary International made available funds for the equipment.
To further enhance health delivery at the hospital, the Rotary Club of Accra and its partners also donated a multi-purpose ambulance while, sponsoring seven nurses to acquire specialist skills to augment the human resource base of the hospital, in addition to providing German Rotary volunteer doctors.
Recently, the Rotary Club of Accra, in partnership with its counterparts in Argentina and Scotland, initiated the setting up of the Plastic and Reconstruction Burns Unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the donation of medical equipment to the Child and Maternal Health Department and the Cardio Unit of the same hospital.
It is also the chief financier of polio eradication in the country.
The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Nii Oakley Quaye-Kumah, who unveiled the plaque to inaugurate the project, said several hospitals in the country had benefited from the Rotary Club’s initiative which had contributed to improving health delivery in the country.
The Volta Regional Minister, Mr Joseph Amenowode, urged health institutions in the country to contribute their quota to address the human resource base of the health sector by sponsoring individual health workers for further studies in relevant areas the hospitals deemed fit.
The President of the Rotary Club of Accra, Mr Frank Gadzekpo, in his remarks, said the club remained committed to making life better for the less fortunate in society.
A trustee of the Rotary Foundation, Mr Sam Okudzeto, observed that rural dwellers, like their counterparts in the cities, had the right to medical care and other opportunities and so every effort should be made to promote that.
The acting Volta Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Timothy Letsa, indicated that the “operating theatre has come at an opportune time to save the lives of mothers, children and accident victims who were hitherto sent to the Nkwanta or Hohoe hospitals for surgical and obstetric emergency services”.


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