Nana Addai Baffuor (Right), Chairman for Asanteman Association of Chicago presenting the beds to Dr Kwadwo Sarbeng (left), Medical Director at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
THE ASANTEMAN Association of Chicago, a group of indigenes from the Ashanti Region on Thursday morning officially presented 98 special beds to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
The group as part of the gesture is also renovating the A2 maternity block of the hospital including the washrooms at the wards.
Presenting the items to the hospital management at a brief ceremony with his team, Nana Addai Baffuor, Leader and Chairman for the Association said the items cost the team US$300,000, including shipping costs.
The gesture, he noted, was in obedience to a plea made on the hospital’s behalf by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Oseit Tutu II, who visited them recently in Chicago.
‘’We are doing this presentation today because of a special appeal made to us by Asantehene who urged us to show concern and prioritize matters concerning and affecting Asanteman and we decided to donate these beds to help mothers and visitors who come to the A2 block.
“We surely know that this would not be the last of our support to this hospital’’, the Chairman of the Association assured.
Expressing appreciation of the hospital to the group, Dr Kwadwo Sarbeng, Medical Director at KATH said the items had come in handy.
He noted that the hospital relied on some of these timely donations to augment what the government provides them to work with.
Dr Sarbeng thanked the Association for the donation and asked them to continually remember the hospital with such donations since KATH played host to visitors and patients from almost 13 regions of the country.
‘’Due to our location, we get visitors and patients from all over Ghana and at times the hospital is stretched beyond its means to attend to the numbers that come for health care and we graciously rely on such donations from kindhearted institutions and outfits such as the Asanteman Association to cater for our cases’’, the Medical Director noted.
Demonstratiom And Inspection:
Gregory Peters, Head Mechanical Unit-KATH in a public demonstration showed how the electric beds work.
He also displayed how the beds could be adjusted to the patients comfort and sleeping positions as well as how they could be operated to enable doctors to work on patients.
‘’The beds are operated on electricity and could be adjusted to the comfort and sleeping positions of patients. Doctors too could adjust the same to allow them perform procedures on their patients and visitors to the hospital’’.
Taking the media round the storage facility at KATH, Public Relations Officer at KATH, Mr Kwame Frimpong said all the 98 beds provided by the Asanteman Association were in good condition and would be used when spaces become available at the wards.
By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie