The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints donated laboratory equipment to the Ghana Army Special Operations Training (SOT) School at Daboya in North Gonja District of Ghana’s Savannah Region. The equipment will enable the SOT school attend to the health needs of army recruits undergoing training at the school rather than transport recruits to Tamale in order to for them to access basic healthcare services like lab tests.

Director of Communications for the Kumasi Mission of LDS, Mr. Edmund Osei said the objective of the assistance was to equip the school with essential healthcare equipment that are critical for high intensity training exercise of recruits. The equipment included:

  • Automated hematology analyzer
  • A mini chemistry analyser
  • A centrifuge
  • A microscope
  • An auto clave
  • A time rack
  • A digital weighing scale with height measurer
  • Splints
  • Surgical blades
  • ACCU check machine and strips
  • Sharp containers
  • AMBU and medical cover bags
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Stethoscope
  • Digital sphygmomanometer
  • Dressing trolley and a thermometer gun.

Elder Larry Woodbury, leader of the church delegation that presented the equipment to SOT School noted that it was important that recruits received prompt medical attention when needed and described as unfortunate the fact that recruits sometimes had to travel all the way to Tamale to access basic health services such as laboratory tests.

General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Northern Command, Brig. Gen. Moses Mohammed Aryee, received the equipment and expressed appreciation to the church for the kind gesture. Brig. Gen. Are said the equipment and supplies would assist the school to deliver essential laboratory services to recruits and members of nearby communities to help boost civilian-military cooperation (CIMIC) in the area. Brig.-Gen. Aryee appealed for further support from individuals and corporate institutions to help improve standards in the school.

Commanding Officer (CO) of the Army Special Operations Training (SOT) School , Lt. Col Daniel Nii Armah Quaye also thanked the LDS Church for the assistance and noted that the assistance had come to meet a real need of the school.

Witnesses at the giving event included Command Operations Officer for the Northern Command, Col. Michael Opoku and Chief of Daboya, Chief Munyawura Abdulai Yakubu.

The Army Special Operations Training school is one of the training bases of the Ghana Armed Forces for the training of recruits and for special exercises. The school served as a training centre when Ghana hosted a team from the US Army in a joint exercise. More than 300 Marines and sailors of the First Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, and 150 members of the Ghana Army underwent a two-week training during the programme, dubbed: ‘Excersise Shared Accord 08’.