Akoto Osei donates GH¢50,000 towards hospital project
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tafo Constituency, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, has given a massive boost to an ongoing construction facility at the Tafo Government Hospital, after handing over a cheque donation of GH¢50,000 towards the construction of a GH¢412,000 Dental, Ear, Nose and Throat Centre.
The cheque covering the amount, which was realised through the MPs share of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) fund, was on Monday presented to the management at a short ceremony at the hospital.
The 3-storey building project, which was initiated by the MP, is to provide specialised services in dental, ear, nose and throat care, as well as house a department that will provide eye medical services to numerous patients who visit the facility to seek care.
Presenting the cheque, Dr. Akoto Osei said it was in recognition of the crucial role of health care delivery the district hospital plays in the lives of the people in this constituency and its catchment environs that motivated him to earmark the amount towards the construction of the facility.
He said the hospital had been one of his major priorities even before assuming office as MP for the constituency, which explains why he had, over the years, invested both cash and kind towards effective health care delivery in the hospital.
He stated that in September 2004, assorted drugs and accessories, including theatre equipment, were presented to the hospital by a Ghanaian association in Canada, valued at GH¢3,000, whilst in the same year, the Mayor of Trezzo, Italy, visited the hospital, through his instrumentality, and promised to support the hospital in 2005, with 20 beds and mattresses, 16 wheelchairs, as well as other essential drugs and equipment were presented by the MP from Italy to the hospital, valued at about GH¢6,000.
“As part of the health infrastructure development programme, the second biggest maternity block after Korle-Bu was started in the 2006/2007 fiscal year, but for the change of government in 2009, and blatant neglect by the current regime, the building, which was 80% completed, is fast deteriorating, as one can see now,” he noted.
The Hospital Administrator, Dr. Eric Frimpong, commended the MP for his assistance, which he said, had been consistent since he was elected to represent the constituency.
He announced that the hospital had received approval from the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly for the construction of a staff complex to accommodate about 30 workers of the hospital, and this he said, would help address the problem of accommodation bedeviling the management.
Pix: The MP, conferring with Administrator, Dr. Frimpong, after the presentation
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