Battor Catholic Hospital gets NGO's support

From left Dr Gloria Quansah, Deputy DG of GHS with Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams,CEO of PRCGA presenting the device to Dr. Kofi Effah[/caption] Phoenix Resource Centre Global Aid Ghana (PRCGA), a Ghanaian-based non-governmental charitable organization has presented a medical equipment worth $1,500 to the Battor Catholic Hospital. The Enhanced Visual Assessment (EVA) system, a mobile colposcope for cervical screening, was presented to the cervical cancer prevention and training centre of the facility. It was received on behalf of the hospital by Dr. Kofi Effah, an Obstetrician Gynaecologist there. According to Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams, CEO of PRCGA, he was moved to donate because the “Battor Hospital has a very specific need basically because of the important work that Dr Kofi Effah is doing coupled with the NGOs goal which seeks to mobilize and help take resources (medical supplies) to places that are in need of them for promotion of health development. “The support and partnership of Phoenix Resource is aimed at placing Ghana’s public health facilities in the spotlight to address some of the gaps and needs of health facilities as well as attract positive attention and development”, Dr Awoonor stressed. He pointed out that his NGO is elated to be associated with the hospital, specifically with Dr Effah and his work in the area of Gynecological Oncology, pledging his continuous support towards the hospital at all times. He was assisted by the Deputy Director General of the Ghana Health Services (GHS), Dr. Gloria Quansah Asare during the presentation. Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams also assured of his support, including partners abroad, towards the proposed outpatient department (OPD) building project of the hospital. Dr Kofi Effah thanked the CEO of PRCGA for the gesture and pledged it will be used judiciously for the intended purpose. The experienced Obstetrician Gynaecologist said the device has been a primary need of the hospital. “Since it’s portable, it will bring cervical cancer screening and follow-up services to the doorstep of women because our nurses can carry it across the river to the CHPS compounds, to the communities where they can follow-up women close to their homes.”

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According to Dr. Effah, the hospital has far outstripped its infrastructure capacity and therefore needed an adjustment in building to fill the gap . He noted it was built by German nuns as a health centre sixty (60) years ago but has witnessed major transformation due to its operations hence the infrastructure deficit. “They never imagined that it would grow this big to become a training centre as it is now so the hospital has outstripped its building and there’s the need to work towards building a very good OPD block with laboratory to meet clients demand”. He disclosed the  proposed new OPD block project was initiated by a visiting Dutch Surgeon at an estimated cost of $500,000 but it is difficult to raise the needed funds. He therefore appealed to all and sundry to come to the aid of the hospital and donate generously to support the project. PRCGA, a registered NGO under the Phoenix Resource Centre Limited UK, is committed to complement government’s efforts towards proper improvement of healthcare delivery in the country. This the second time the NGO is donating to support a worthy cause after it donated medical equipment worth GH¢15,000 plus  GH¢1,000 cheque to support the Accra Psychiatric Hospital to meet its daily needs somewhere in April. By Joseph Kobla Wemakor |]]>