An industrial haulage company based in Takoradi of the Western Region; Monpe Heavy Haulage Company Limited, has made a whopping One Hundred and Forty-four Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty-seven Ghana Cedis, twenty-five pesewas (GHC 144,387.25) cheque donation to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, towards the procurement of a mechanical ventilator.
The amount, per estimates taken, will pay in full the cost of a brand new mechanical ventilator for the hospital to support health delivery in the metropolis and the region at large.
General Manager for Monpe Heavy Haulage Co. Ltd, Peter Everett revealed that their intervention was informed by a fund raising campaign that is being championed by Skyy Media Group to support the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital procure ventilators, so they could effectively manage patients infected by the novel coronavirus and other respiratory conditions.
Mr. Everett stressed that the pandemic had overwhelmed many organisations, communities and the country to an extent, and as such it was right to consider investment in the health service, so they can manage cases effectively.
“Even though is not easy to pay this amount of money, we appreciate what everybody is doing during this pandemic… and also for people to know that even though we are working we are still thinking of the people who are not being allowed to work” he empathized.
Despite making this significant investment, Mr. Everett prayed that the hospital and the region does not get hit with many cases, so the equipment could be utilized to manage other medical ailment reported at the facility.
“…we don’t want cases here but after the pandemic, we hope that they can also use it for asthmatic patients, people with breathing difficulties so that it can be used by the hospital for years to come” he added.
Medical Director for Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Dr. Joseph Tambil remarked that, “this is a very big donation”. He was very much appreciative of the gesture, whiles acknowledging “its not a small amount for someone to part with”
“This pandemic has stressed up the whole world. In it also, we’ve seen the goodness in human beings, and what they’ve done today is a huge testament to that… that people are still willing even though this thing might have affected their business, brought down their margins and all that, they are still willing to do something like this” Dr. Tambil said.
He promised on behalf of management to manage the funds for its intended purpose, and as well adhere to a strict maintenance culture to ensure a longer use for the equipment.
“We know clearly what our duties are with regards to this. First of all, we have to make sure that we keep the funds safe, look for a good quality ventilator. And like Peter said, its not just for COVID-19 but beyond” he mentioned.
This donation is the second among mega donations made towards the procurement of mechanical ventilators for the hospital. Management of the hospital intends to set up an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where these equipment will be installed and used for emergency situations.