The Ghana Institution of Welding (GIW) has presented 20 pieces of hospital beds at the cost of 60 thousand Ghana cedis to the Ashaiman Polyclinic.
The President of the Institution, Mr. Daniel Obeng, who made the presentation at a ceremony in Ashaiman, stated that it formed part of their social responsibility to give back to the society in which they lived and operate from.
He said the institution was aware of the numerous challenges that faced the polyclinic and disclosed that the beds were to help reduce the no-bed syndrome that had bedevilled the facility.
“Today’s occasion is to donate beds made locally by our members through a grant from COTVET on SDF project to train and develop the capacity of members,” he stated.
Mr. Obeng noted that the association was formed in 1998 to address the injustices and inequalities they faced during the construction of the Aboadze Thermal plant.
He said they are made of welders, pipe fitters, fabricators, erectors, riggers, mechanical fitters.
The president further disclosed that some of the major projects undertaken by the institution included fabrication of deck stools for FPSO Kufuor, fabrication of suction piles for Tullow Oil Ghana on the Ten project, offshore facility gad plant project at Atuabo, Takoradi and Tema thermal plant phase 1, 2 and 3.
He said the aim of forming the institution was to promote unity and understanding among members, to raise the standard of the trade in the country, promote suitable educational and social facilities for its members amongst others.
He, therefore, called on the government to assist them in getting legal backing to help grow the organisation and to allow the organisation to undertake government projects instead of offering such opportunities to foreigners.
Head of Facility, Ashaiman Polyclinic, Dr. Mavis Oppong Addo, who received the beds, said the donations would improve admissions and help solve the no-bed syndrome.
She said currently the hospital has a 40-bed capacity, adding that, this was woefully inadequate.
She said the hospital was grateful for the donation and called on others to do same.
The MCE for Ashaiman Municipal Assembly, Albert Boakye Okyere, said this was in tandem with the assembly’s quest to create an artisan village in Ashaiman.
He said the assembly had earmarked a huge land for that purpose and said this donation would help bring quality healthcare to the doorsteps of the people in Ashaiman.
The MP for the Ashaiman Constituency, Mr. Ernest Norgbey, said he in collaboration with the assembly was planning to build a district hospital in Ashaiman.
He said this meant that they would fall on the welders to provide beds for the hospital when it comes off.
He promised to provide mattresses for the beds to enable the polyclinic use it as quickly as possible.
Mr. Norgbey also promised the welders to contact his colleague parliamentarians to contact them for beds anytime they want to donate beds to health facilities in their constituencies.
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