Government of Korea, working through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) gave a laparoscopic surgery equipment worth US$41,000 to Greater Accra Regional Hospital (GARH).

The equipment includes Endo Clip, Endo GIA, Hem-O-Lok Applier, Harmonic scalpel, laparoscopic graspers and dissectors and portable ultrasound among others.

KOICA also provided $9,000 for the training of nurses and doctors in Laparoscopic surgery at the facility.

The commitment was made in support KOICA’s Laparoscopic Surgery Project, which started in 2016 at the hospital and was expected to be completed in 2019. The ongoing project is estimated at US$140,000 out of which KOICA is providing US$100,000 in funding while the additional US$40,000 is being raised from Korean donors.

Country Director of KOICA Ghana Mr. Yukyum Kim lauded the management and staff of the hospital for supporting and fully owning project. Mr. Kim reaffirmed South Korea’s continued partnership in the area of health and medicine through building the capacity of health professionals.

Mr. Kim was hopeful that the Ghana-Korea cooperation in health would help more Ghanaians have better access to quality and affordable healthcare.

Director of Institutional Care Division of Ghana Health Service Dr. Samuel  Akoviyieu commended Dr. Mee Joo Kang for her sacrifice over the past years in making her expertise available for training of doctors and nurses in laparoscopic surgery.