Ghanaian Catholics in Hamburg Germany have donated a Sysmex XP-300 Haematology Analyser to the Holy Spirit Health Centre, Kwasi Fante in the Kwahu Afram Plains South District of the Eastern Region.
The gesture was by a charitable group known as Ghana Catholic Mission in Hamburg Germany
It comprises the Chemistry Analyser, blood bank refrigerator and refrigerator for keeping reagents, ECG machine, HB, electrophoresis machine.
Prior to this development, treatment and other diagnosis were difficult with patients having to travel almost 70kms to Donkorkrom to have these tests done.
The presence of these machines will now shorten distances traveled by patients and will also improve quality of health delivery system in the district.
The machine is the first of its kind within the District and comes as a relief to the facility.
It is set to benefit about 100,000 people with the District.
The administrator of the facility, Rev. Sr. Mary Nkrumah SSpS, on her part was excited about the development adding that it comes as a relief to the facility and to the District at large.
“The Holy Spirit Health Centre is now the only facility with this type of device in the Afram Plains South District. This machine would help in OPD and maternity cases and would facilitate our work” she said.
The technician at the facility, Mr. Thomas Aboo could not hide his joy with the reception of machine and downplayed the role the machine will play in differential Diagnosis- “it will give ideas on what kind of treatment to be given to a patient. It will also be used for estimation of haemoglobin, type of anaemia a client is suffering from and other white blood cells abnormalities”.
CALL FOR SUPPORT
The technician further called on other bodies to emulate the kind gesture of the Ghana Catholic Mission in Hamburg, Germany and took the opportunity to spe out other machines that are lacking in health delivery system in the District.
ABOUT THE SYSMEX XP-300 HAEMATOLOGY ANALYSER
The Sysmex XP-300 Haematology Analyser is used to count and identify blood cells at high speed and accuracy. During the 1950s, laboratory technicians counted each individual blood cell underneath a microscope. Tedious and inconsistent, this was replaced with the first, very basic haematology analyzer, engineered by Wallace H. Coulter. The early haematology analyzers relied on Coulter’s Principle. However, they have evolved to encompass numerous techniques.
Haematology analyzers are used to conduct a complete blood count (CBC), which is usually the first test requested by physicians to determine a patients general health status. A complete blood count includes red blood cell (RBC), white blood cell (WBC), hemoglobin, and platelet counts, as well as hematocrit levels.
Source: Agnus-Dei Media