STORY BY EDMOND GYEBI
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of MASLOC and 2020 Aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) for Yendi Constituency of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakariah has made a timely donation of cartons of medical consumables to the Yendi Municipal Government Hospital in the Northern Region.
The donation follows her usual natural drive to give back to the society, and the public outcry over the frequent shortages of basic medical supplies or consumables the hospital has been grappling with. The items donated by the Aspiring MP and her team included cartons of Disposable Gloves, Cannulas, Giving Sets, Plasters, Syringes, Gauze and Needles, Methylated Spirit and Cotton wool among others worth thousands of Ghana cedis.
Presenting the items to the Assistant Medical Superintendent of the Yendi Municipal Government Hospital, Hajia Abibata emphasized that giving back to society was of great importance to her.
“As a proud daughter of Yendi who was born at this very hospital, it is my desire to see the hospital in a better shape than its present state, and I am going to inform the appropriate institutions responsible to pay special attention to the hospital”.
The Deputy MASLOC CEO said she confident that coming through with those medical supplies would also offer her the opportunity to assess the true state of the facility, how healthcare services are being delivered to patients and some of their challenges or immediate needs.
According to her, the Yendi Municipality which is the second largest city after the regional capital, Tamale, deserved the best in terms of health facilities to prevent some of the needless deaths especially maternal and infant mortalities.
Hajia Abibata therefore told the Management, staff and all the patients of the hospital of her personal commitment to lobby the relevant bodies to give the hospital the needed facelift.
“I will continue to support this hospital in the best ways I can, because this is all we have for now and we must maintain it to serve our people well”.
Hajia Abibata indicated that one of the key needs of the citizenry was quality health care and that the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was working assiduously to improving the health system across the country. She assured the good people of Yendi that very soon the one district one ambulance initiative of the Government would be a reality.
She was conducted round the various wards and units by the hospital’s administrator where she interacted with patients and some nurses. She revealed her plans to make quality healthcare delivery one of her topmost priorities.
The Yendi Municipal Government Hospital authorities expressed their profound gratitude to the NPP parliamentary aspirant for her foresight and sensitivity to support the facility, as they had run out of stock of most of the items donated.
“We thank the Deputy CEO for this kind gesture and we are highly overwhelmed with the donation. The equipment donated will improve healthcare delivery in this hospital and boost the morale of the patients and staff”
Some of the nurses on the sidelines complained that they were sometimes compelled to use their bare hands to lift accident victims and other patients with strange diseases which put them at high risk.
They said the donation had come as a huge relief to them and even the patients of the hospital. “The items donated by Hajia Abibata will relieve us in the delivery of our duties. Most of our clients are bedridden and so we take a lot of efforts to move them around and this is being done by we the nurses”.
Meanwhile, the Yendi Municipal Hospital is the only referral facility with an Emergency Centre in the Eastern Corridor of the northern region, but lacks basic facilities such as monitors, thermometers and many more. They thus appealed to government to come to their aid in order to render quality health care to the people of the Yendi Municipal and its environs.