The Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina Constituency in the Greater Accra Region (GAR) has presented some medical equipment worth over seventy thousand Ghana cedis to the Madina Health Directorate to boost healthcare delivery in the La-Nkwatanang Municipality.
The medical equipment were made up of twenty beds and mattresses, four delivery beds, an ambulance, a hearse to the Muslim community and some wheel-chairs.
Speaking at a short ceremony to present the medical equipment to the health directorate and joined by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of La-Nkwatanang Municipal Assembly, Jenifer Dede Ajabeng, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constituency Chairman for Madina, Eric Nartey Yeboah, Alhaji Abu-ba-kar Saddique Boniface said the Madina municipality was one of the fastest growing municipalities in the GAR, but lagging behind in terms of some facilities for the development of the electorate.
“Day-in-day-out there is pressure on the few selected healthcare facilities in the municipality due to reason that the area also harbours the biggest market in the region,” he explained.
According to him, the area receives about fifty (50) thousand visitors on daily basis, adding that because of the market, pressure was always brought to bear on the health facilities in the area, hence the need to equip the existing ones to enable them to cater for the these pressures.
“As your MP, I will continue to push that a befitting hospital is built for the area to solve some of these teething problems in the delivery of healthcare in the municipality,” he added.
“It is my responsibility as MP in collaboration with the assembly to create the desire for the workers in the health facility to work by providing the needed equipment,” he said.
The MP, who is also a Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, said the notion that the municipality had no lands for the construction of a modern hospital was not true.
He maintained that the chiefs and people have given the assurance that a land would be readily made available for the construction of a modern hospital in the area.
He called on the assembly to maximise the existing lands in the municipality to ensure the area gets it share of the national cake.
He assured that health workers, chiefs and people that by the middle of August the Madina Constituency will a state-of-the-art ambulance as part of the One-District-One ambulance project under the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives as part of the president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision to bring healthcare to the doorsteps of the electorate.
He said this together with the existing ones will enable the smaller health facilities in the municipality to transport patients in no time to referral facilities for assistance.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Director of the Madina Health Directorate, Mrs. Priscilla Anima Siaw, enumerated some of the challenges of the La-Nkwantanang Municipal Hospital Kekeli, explaining that many expectant mothers like to come and deliver at the facility, adding that the facility for deliveries were also few.
According to her, this usually puts some pressures on the hospital during these times, especially when there are more delivery cases to attend to.
She minced no words in saying that the lack of an ambulance at the facility was a major challenge in the management of the facility over the years.
She assured the MP that the equipment made available to the hospital will be put to the use it was intended for in the municipality.
Story: Today CORRESPONDENT