By Nana Oye Gyimah
The Edina Diasporian Development Association , a group committed to improving living standards in Elmina has donated two medical equipment to the Elmina Polyclinic in the Komenda- Edina -Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region.
The Blood Bank Refrigerator and an Electrocardiogram machine valued at GHS42,00 was to aid in proper patient care and to enable the institution provide high-quality service.
Paapa Sagoe, The Focal Person for the said the group saw the need to assist the institution in achieving its goal of becoming a full-fledged hospital capable of serving the town and its catchment area.
He said they rallied around and sourced the items through indigenes of Elmina in the United Kingdom who contributed to acquire the equipment.
He said the Association would continually contribute its quota to ensuring that the facility moved steadily from a polyclinic to possibly a teaching hospital to be able to lead health care in the Region.
Receiving the items, Dr Felix Gerald Kwaning Darbbey, Medical Superintendent of the Polyclinic, thanked the organisation for the donation and pledged that the facility would exhibit a high maintenance culture to ensure that the machines remain relevant for a good period of years.
He noted that the equipment were necessary and would go a long way to assist staff to be able to do their jobs efficiently and as well make up for some of the logistics the facility lacked.
On challenges, Dr. Darbbey pointed out that the facility needed too many logistics, preventing it from providing comprehensive healthcare to the population.
“We are grateful for this donation but we would to call on other organizations to support us in acquiring some of the logistics we need to supplement government’s efforts. Some of the issues they bring here are sometimes referred because we lack the facilities and logistics not because we do not have skilled practitioners here.”
Mr. Solomon Ebo Appiah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of KEEA, urged all stakeholders in the Municipality to help the Polyclinic in its transformation to a full-fledged hospital, emphasising that progress was a joint endeavor.
He indicated that development has never been the business of one, “ it is collaborative and we will appeal to other traditional areas to emulate this goodwill.”
The MCE added that the Assembly was eager to work with individuals and organizations who would come out in support of the facility and that the Assembly would ensure that such groups were given tax exemptions.
He further staff at the clinic to keep the equipment in good working order so that it could fulfill its original and future functions.