ANGLOGOLD Ashanti (AGA) Ghana, in partnership with Project Cure, an American-based non-profit organisation, has presented a number of medical equipment to the AGA Health Foundation (AGAHF) Hospital, to make it more viable and resourceful.
The items which included surgical procedure equipment and medical ward equipment, estimated at $ one million, is to enhance health care delivery within the Obuasi community and its environs.
The cost of the logistics include shipping and the consignments are expected to be shared equally between the AGAHF Hospital and the Obuasi Government Hospital.
The AGAHF is the largest medical facility in the Obuasi area, which serves as referral centre for all minor health facilities within the Obuasi Municipality in the Ashanti Region.
It has a capacity of 105 beds in five wards, including male, female, Paediatric and Maternity units.
It also has two theatres, an emergency unit and a well-equipped laboratory for haematology, microbiology and chemistry.
In 2015 following the restructuring of AGA, the then Obuasi Mine Hospital was incorporated as a non-profit organisation called AGA Health Foundation.
The Vice-president (Sustainability) of AGA, Ghana, Mr Kelepile Dintwe, said the medical supplies were to help the AGAHF hospital to set up and establish an intensive care unit.
He said it would also help the hospital to support the existing recovery room, upgrade one of the existing operation theatres while the sundries would resource the medical wards, laboratories and the physiotherapy unit.
The Vice-president affirmed that the presentation was part of AGA, Ghana’s contribution towards making a positive difference in communities within the concession of the Obuasi Mine through quality health delivery.
He recalled that in 2015, the AGA in its bid to provide quality health services to its employees and the community contacted Project Cure for a possible support for medical services.
Following that, a relationship was built and an agreement reached to help provide the equipment.
The Executive Director of the AGAHF Hospital, Mr Richard Paa-Kwesi Cromwell who received the supplies for both AGAHF and Obuasi Government Hospital, expressed gratitude to Project Cure and AGA, Ghana, for the support.
He prayed that the partnership between the AGA, Ghana, and Project Cure would continue to be strengthened to benefit mankind.
. The AGA Health Foundation Hospital is the largest health facility in the Obuasi Municipality
. The AGHF hospital renders service to patients with 90 per cent of them from the community and 10 per cent being AGA employees.
. Project Cure, an American-based NGO has touched the lives of patients, families and children in more than 130 countries.
. The Vice President (Sustainability) of the AGA, Ghana, Mr Kelepile Dintwe (third, right) presenting one of the medical supplies to the Executive Director of the AGAGF Hospital.
. The medical supplies
By Joe Boateng