AN eight-member medical team from Health Project Cure Foundation, a health-related non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the United States of America, has arrived in the Ahafo-Ano North District to offer free services at the Tepa Government Hospital and the Anyinasuso Health Assistants’ Training School.
The group comprising three doctors, three nurses, one teacher and one laboratory technician, will spend two weeks in the area.
In 2007, the organisation donated a container load of medical equipment to the Tepa Hospital while this year, they are in the process of donating another set of medical equipment to the Tepa Hospital and the Anyinasuso Health Assistants’ Training School.
The Tepa Traditional Council has organised a durbar in honour of the visiting medical team at Tepa.
At the ceremony, the Ahafo-Ano North District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr David Addai Amankwaa, said the support from the NGO had gone a long way to support the activities of the two health institutions.
He, therefore, commended the organisation for the gesture and expressed the hope that the relationship between the NGO and the district would last very long.
Mr Amankwaa said the government welcomed and appreciated contributions from individuals and organisations to promote health delivery in the country.
He advised the authorities of the recipient organisations to put the equipment donated to them to good use.
The Medical Superintendent in charge of the Tepa Hospital, Dr Isaac Akuamoah Boateng, thanked the donors for the gesture and said the hospital needed all the support to enable it to cater for the growing number of patients that visited the facility daily.
He said the Tepa Hospital would be able to improve its services tremendously when it received the next batch of equipment from the NGO.
The leader of the medical team, Dr Bruce Horken, said the members considered the plight of the rural people in the district before shipping the equipment down to Ghana and also coming with a team to render medical services.
He promised the NGO’s continuous support for the two health institutions in the coming years.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ahafo-Ano North, Mr Richard Akuoko Adiyia said he would come out with an elaborate programme to support health delivery in the area.
The Omanhene of Tepa, Nana Adusei Atwenewa Ampem, who presided over the function, appealed to the government to speed up the construction of the Regional Hospital at Tepa to help address the health needs of the people.