GHACEM Limited, as part of their corporate social investment, has donated two brand new Vital Signs Monitors to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital.
The Vital Signs Monitor is an electronic monitoring device that allows electronic monitoring equipment that measures and displays a patient’s vital signs in inpatient and outpatient conditions.
Despite it being an essential tool in medical care, the regional referral center; Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital is scarcely, managing two of these devices. In a response to this need, GHACEM Limited procured and donated two of the vital signs monitors to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, after a thorough need assessment, Production Manager for GHACEM, Eric Appiah Odoom said.
He noted that the support will bring about some efficiency and ease the burden on the facility in providing the best quality healthcare not only residents of the region but other parts of the country.
Deputy Director of Nursing at the Effia Nkwanta Hospital, Justina Amo Yartey who received the items on behalf of management expressed great satisfaction for the gesture shown by GHACEM. She said the significance of the devices can never be over-emphasised and thus urged other benevolent organisations to do same.
Earlier, GHACEM – Takoradi as part of its Health and Safety week celebration undertook a cleanup exercise at the hospital. Head of Health and Safety, GHACEM-Takoradi, Robert Difonu said the exercise is a deliberate action taken over the years to demonstrate how responsive the company is to communities.
“This is the only referral center, the closest and resourced to attend to our workers should there be an emergency. We owe it a duty to maintain and support its growth so we could be guaranteed of the best treatment possible” Mr Difonu explained.
300 plus Vital Signs Monitors needed
The only referral center in the Western Region, Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital is in a huge deficit of vital signs monitors at its various wards and surgical center. Currently, the hospital is only managing two of these devices for the hundreds of patients that patronize their service. With the two additional ones donated by GHACEM the facility will have to do with four to monitor the vitals of their patients.
General Surgeon of the Surgical Unit, Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Dr Adam Zakaria disclosed that the facility requires in excess of three hundred pieces of the vital signs monitors to enhance medical delivery. He laments that patients have had to be monitored by the two devices available on rotational basis, based on the severity of their conditions. This he warned is threatening.
“Because we don’t have enough, we usually select one or two patients to monitor them on the machine…which is not good enough. As i speak our wards do not have monitors so every four, six hours a nurse would have come round to check BPs of about twenty patients. You can imagine the burden” Dr Zakaria noted.