As part of the Ghana Chamber of Mines’ social interventions, a state-of-the-art incubator and six sets beds, cabinets and mattresses were donated to the Bimbilla Government Hospital on 3rd April, 2019 to contribute to the overall well-being of the people in the area through quality health care delivery. The items were worth Thirty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS30,000). Mr Sulemanu Koney, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, who presented the equipment to the Management of the Hospital at Bimbilla in the Nanumba North Municipality on Wednesday, said it was to ease the burden of the facility in its quest to provide quality health care for the people.
The Bimbilla Government Hospital, a 120-bed facility, which serves a large number of the citizenry along the Eastern Corridor of the country, faces a number of challenges including; erratic water supply, congestion in the wards, lack of a functional X-Ray machine, lack of ambulance, inadequate staff and accommodation, and incomplete fence wall. Despite operating under trying conditions, the hospital was adjudged last month as the best performing hospital in the Northern Region for 2018 based on a number of indicators including; improvement in neonatal and infant mortality, and maternal health care.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Koney stated that “the Chamber’s primary focus is to put people first by improving their well-being, which is underscored by the Sustainable Development Goals (3) on ensuring good health and well-being of the populace.”
On his part, Dr Osman Abdulai, Medical Superintendent of Bimbilla Government Hospital, who received the equipment, indicated that the provision of the medical equipment, especially the incubator, would help improve the management of pre-term babies at the facility. He said prior to the donation, the hospital had to refer most of pre-term babies to either Yendi Municipal Hospital or Tamale Teaching Hospital for management due to lack of this equipment. He expressed gratitude to the Chamber for the support assuring that the equipment would be used for the intended purpose to improve the health status of the citizenry.
Meeting with MCE of Nanumba North and Regent of Bimbilla
Earlier, the Chamber executives interacted with the Hon. Abdulai Yaqoub, Municipal Chief Executive of Nanumba North. He stated that it was the first time the municipality had been visited by a business association looking to support the community. He assured that work would soon start to sink two boreholes at the hospital to improve water supply.
The Regent of Bibilla, Nyelinbolgu Naa Yakubu Andani, in a statement, during a courtesy call on him at his palace thanked the Chamber for the gesture saying the hospital needed more support to ensure quality health care for clients. He used the opportunity to urge indigenes of Bimbilla to support the community.