The Health Minister, Mr. Kwaku Agyemang Manu, has donated X-ray machines and oxygen plants to the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital.
The donation makes the hospital the fourth health facility with such an ultra-modern X-ray machine worth hundreds of Ghana Cedis.
The other three health facilities with such machines are at Nkenkansu, Walewale and Akyem.
The provision of the oxygen plants has helped the hospital to do away with the old practice of transfusing oxygen to patients using cylinders.
The Head of Administration of the hospital, Mr. Sarpong, who took reporters around the facility to see the plants, indicated that “before the donation, the facility was spending between GH¢32,000.00 to GH¢35,000.00 on oxygen purchasing, but now the cost has substantially reduced to about half of the amount.”
He said, patients who were admitted on oxygen at the facility were paying an amount of GHc4.00 per hour but now they pay GHc2.00 for the same duration.
He further explained that one of the oxygen plants has been installed for the emergency unit, the male and female wards, and while the second one has been installed to serve the children’s ward.
Explaining how the machine works and the importance of its availability to the facility, he said “the plant generates gas from the air we breathe and converts it to oxygen. This makes it cheaper as compared to the old cylinder oxygen.” He added that, “the only cost involved is electricity and maintenance”.
A nurse at the facility in charge of the female ward also disclosed that the plant has made their work easy and simple.
“This is simple to operate as compared to the cylinder where you will need a spanner and other tools to operate. With this you just have to switch the transmuter and you are good to go,” she stated.