The Rotary Club of Tamale on Friday donated some essential medical equipment to the maternity ward of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) as part of measures to help achieve Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG5) in the country.
The Tamale Rotary Club procured the equipment through the Rock Mount Va Rotary Club of the United States of America (USA).
The equipment included an ECG machine, 50 Central Lines, four Air bubble Mattresses, four Glucometer machines, 80 set of Glucometer Test Strips, one Video Laryngoscope and Drug Pefusers.
The rest are three NIBP Monitor with its accessories, one I.B P Monitor with accessories, 10 B.P CUFF, 10 ECG Paper roll, one fully-automated hematology analyzer (Mindray BC 2800) and two Start-up reagents, all costing about GH?151.5 thousand.
Mr Alex Kpodo, President of the Rotary Club of Tamale presenting the equipment to management of TTH, said supporting the maternity ward would help reduce the high maternal mortality rate in the Northern Region.
He said Rotary was concerned about the health of people and stressed that women ought not to be dying through childbirth hence the need to come to the aid of the maternity ward.
He said Rotary would support in the training of doctors and nurses on how to use the equipment as soon as they are installed and called on hospital authorities to ensure that the equipment were used for their intended purpose.
Dr Prosper Akambong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TTH who received the equipment, expressed gratitude to Rotary for the gesture and said the equipment would improve quality healthcare delivery at the hospital.
He said management would not joke with Rotary because of the immense assistance to the hospital saying, ?Nobody would joke with the one always extending a helping hand?.
He appealed to Rotary to help the hospital with a water reservoir or a tanker to help solve its occasional water shortage.
Mr Walter Hughes, leader of the Rock Mount Va Rotary Club, said Rotary was amazed at the manner TTH was transforming and improving in its healthcare delivery hence the need to help address maternal mortality.