Cape Coast Teaching Hospital Receive Logistics From ADDI

African Diaspora Development Institute
African Diaspora Development Institute

The Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH) has taken delivery of a 40-footer container of assorted medical equipment and consumables from the African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI) to augment health care delivery.

The items include laboratory incubators, crutches, centrifuges, isolation gowns, drips and drip stands, can liners and water bags.

The donation, which is in fulfilment of the group’s pledge during a visit to the facility last year, is also to deepen its relations with the Hospital.

The collaboration is a direct response to President Akufo-Addo’s call on Africans in the Diaspora to return home and support in the development of the Continent.

Ambassador Arikana Chilombori Quao, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ADDI, during a virtual handing over ceremony, said it was impossible for any country to develop without a good health care system.

She said the canker of maternal deaths, and lack of adequate medical logistics among other challenges in many African countries were a painful reality, which needed to be combated head-on and with urgency.

The ADDI CEO blamed the bad state of Africa’s healthcare system mainly on brain drain, depriving the Continent of quality human resource.

To that end, she said the return of Africans in the Diaspora back home was an agenda the ADDI was spearheading to aid Africa’s growth.

“Take responsibility to do something for Africa and not wait on somebody to do it for you. Ask yourself what you have done for Africa and not what Africa has done for you,” Ambassador Quao said.

She pledged the group’s commitment to offering more support in various ways to the Hospital in relation to its needs.

Dr Eric Kofi Ngyedu, the Hospital’s CEO, expressed gratitude to the donors with a promise to ensure the equipment were put to good use.

“We have looked at the content and they are things that are going to make a difference in health care delivery in the hospital,” he added.

He was also thankful to the Government for waiving all the taxes on the equipment donated, making it easier to clear at the port.

Dr Ngyedu pledged the Hospital’s commitment to deepening its collaboration with the ADDI, particularly in the area of technology transfer.

“We are looking forward to tapping into their various expertise as there many African specialists abroad we are looking forward to engaging for capacity building,” he said.

He reiterated the need to fix the brain drain phenomenon in Ghana and Africa for a better health care system.

“Our African brothers and sisters in the Diaspora, this is the time Africa needs you, come back home and let’s continue to work together to help mother Ghana and Africa to grow.”

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