Excellence in Africa Neuroscience and Health, a Canadian NGO, donated a 40-foot container load of medical equipment and supplies worth CA$300,000 to three healthcare institutions in Ghana. The beneficiary institutions included Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana’s second-largest healthcare referral hospital, Sunyani Regional Hospital in Bono Region and Kurofa Clinic in Ashanti Region.
The package of equipment included hospital beds and mattresses, stretchers, bedside tables, complete vital signs machine and medical rover orthoscopic set, ICU bed and mattresses, manual BP machine, mix hospital sheets and scrubs, pediatric crib, mix syringes and needles, and a double IV pole. Ms. Gifty Frimpong, a Ghanaian-Canadian nurse,worked with Excellence in Africa Neuroscience and Health to facilitate the shipment of medical equipment and consumables to the beneficiary institutions in Ghana. Mr. William Frimpong (husband of Mrs. Frimpong) and Dr. Kwadwo Gail Asante (a retired Ghanaian Neonatologist resident in Canada) supported the effort.
Mrs. Frimpong explained that the team from Excellence in Africa Neuroscience and Health identified a deficit in equipment gap during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana and the need to support the government in resourcing hospitals. KATH was selected because it is the largest referral centre in Ghana’s Ashanti Region. The other two beneficiary facilities were selected because they were located in the native hometown areas of Mr. and Mrs. Frimpong. Mrs. Frimpong announced that the NGO would soon ship additional equipment the health institutions in Ghana. Prior to this, Mrs. Frimpong had played an important role in mobilizing funds in Canada to support the Rebecca Foundation to help build the Mother and Baby Unit at KATH.
CEO of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Dr. Oheneba Owusu-Danso received the package of equipment and thanked Excellence in Africa Neuroscience and Health, the Frimpong family and Dr. Asante for the assistance. Dr. Owusu-Danso noted that, being a deferrable facility, KATH faced enormous infrastructural pressures. He noted at a time of COVID-19 admissions, such donations were critical to enable KATH provide quality services that meet client expectations. The consignment of equipment donated to KATH is expected to be allocated to the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department where existing equipment is currently overstretched.