Rotary Club donates wheelchairs to Obuasi Gov’t Hospital

Obuasi Rotary Club (District 9102) in collaboration with Wheelchair Foundation has reached out to Obuasi Government Hospital by donating wheelchairs to the health centre.

The Club presented five wheelchairs to the health facility in a brief ceremony at the forecourt of the Hospital in Obuasi.

Present at the short ceremony were the Obuasi Municipal Health Director Margaret Yaa Manu, the Medical Superintendant Kwadwo Nyarko-Jectey, as well as the nurses in charge of the Emergency Unit and some staff of the Hospital.

According to the President of Obuasi Rotary Club Rotarian Sarwan Kumar, after a thorough assessment, the club realized that the hospital had limited number of effective wheel chairs that could serve their patients.

“This forms part of our commitment to help our communities in terms of assisting in provision of quality health care services therefore this is a Christmas gift from Rotary to the hospital,” he said.

Rotarian Joe-Steve Atta Annan, occupational health and safety professional, also added that this initiative is to augment the OHS concerns faced by the hospital staff and patients in handling weak patients.

He also charged the hospital to man the wheelchairs properly to ensure they are being used for its intended objective.

“Rotary support in the communities span from polio vaccinations, provision of medical supplies and Covid-19 items, provision of water and sanitation, support for maternal and child health among many. Our theme for the 2021-2022 Rotary year is serve to change lives.”

Receiving the items on behalf of the hospital, the health director, Margaret Yaa Manu, thanked Obuasi Rotarians for coming to their aid with the wheel chairs.

“The wheel chairs have come at the right time to salvage a very big challenge for us because patients are mostly being carried at the back of their relatives which is not always a pleasant sight,” she said in her remarks.

Medical Superintendant of Obuasi Government Hospital Dr. Kwadwo Nyarko-Jectey also praised Rotary Club of Obuasi for their great support to health delivery at the hospital.

He described the gesture from Rotary Club as God-sent since for a long time the hospital has not received brand new wheelchairs.

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He said mostly they receive used wheelchairs which have a  shorter life span as compared to brand new ones.

Rotarians in Obuasi also committed to supporting health workers through the provision of bed linens, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves, nurses caps and sanitizer especially in the current Covid-19 era, and other sanitation items.

Aside health oriental issues, the hospital needs high efficiency light bulbs and industrial washing machine to help keep contaminated bed linens and health washable materials clean, Dr. Nyarko-Jectey said in his remarks and pleaded for more support from Rotarians.