Ghana’s Ambassador to Denmark, H.E. Mrs Amerley Ollennu Awua-Asamoah, has led a seven-member delegation from the Global Medical Aid, Denmark to Ghana.
The delegation is in the country on the invitation of Ambassador Mrs Awua-Asamoah to explore opportunities for collaboration and interventions and to gain certain firsthand information on Ghana’s health sector and to see the kind of support to offer.
They had engagements with the Minister of Health, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the Chief Executive of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Daniel Asare, the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Mr Peter Yeboah, among others.
They also visited and had meetings with the President of the Ghana Baptist Convention, Rev Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, and its Health Services Department headed by Rev Stephen Kwaku Fokuoh, visiting beneficiary hospitals of the Ghana Baptist Convention Health Services; the Wenchi Methodist Hospital, the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital in Mampong Akwapim, and the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
The visits to the hospitals were to assess the impact the drugs, specialised medicines, non-drug consumables and other medical equipment and items shipped to the various hospitals, have had and to determine how best they can increase and maintain the supply of medicines and other items to the hospitals.
Between 2018 and 2019, the Global Medical Aid, through the facilitation of the Ambassador, shipped more than ten (10) 40-footer containers of medicines, medical and surgical equipment and other medical consumables valued in excess of $6 million (six million US Dollars).
The Rebecca Akufo-Addo Foundation, the Wenchi Methodist Hospital and some surrounding hospitals, and the Baptist Medical Centres at Nalerigu, Nzema, Abuakwa, Opuniase, Asokore Mampong, and Atwima-Mim, were the beneficiaries of the said drugs and equipment.
Ambassador Mrs Awua-Asamoah said the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made quality healthcare delivery aimed at attaining the WHO’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) a priority, and that it was both important and incumbent on his appointees to promote this noble agenda.
She noted that the drugs, medical and surgical equipment facilitated from the Global Medical Aid had gone a long way to support and help the various beneficiary hospitals.
Ambassador Mrs Awua-Asamoah said: “I am doing everything possible to promote the government’s agenda by pursuing the development aspirations and initiatives of the President Akufo-Addo-led government.”
President of The Global Medical Aid, Denmark, Mr. Hans Frederik Dydensborg, said, the value of the medicines and equipment, which the Ambassador had procured for Ghana was much but not enough, adding that, “the value for the sick and poor people is enormous and cannot be measured economically.”
Mr Dydensborg, who is also an Advocate of the Supreme Court, Denmark, said, Ambassador Mrs Awua-Asamoah was the first and only Ambassador from Ghana who has passionately pursued this initiative and expressed his admiration for the Ambassador’s energy and drive, to make things happen for the country, not by sweet words, but by hard work, and this has underscored his outfit’s willingness to help Ghana.
They will be donating medical equipment and consumables to some hospitals, and other chip compounds and health centres in the Akuapem North Municipality.
Story: Ato KEELSON