Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, on behalf of the Rebecca Foundation on Wednesday, presented six ambulances to selected health institutions across the country to facilitate healthcare delivery.
She explained that the donations were part of the Rebecca Foundation’s continuous effort in supporting various institutions whose mandate involved health delivery and catering for the vulnerable in society.
Presenting the Keys of the ambulances to the beneficiary institutions, Mrs Akufo-Addo, who is also the Executive Director of the Rebecca Foundation, said the ability of healthcare delivery personnel to respond timely to emergencies such as accidents, complications during child birth and venomous bites among others, was very essential in the pursuit of preventing avoidable deaths.
This, she said was the notion that informed her Organization to make the ambulance donation, and thanked the SVANI Ghana Limited, authorized dealers in Renault vehicles, for their donation to the Rebecca Foundation to support its vision.
She said the ambulances were fitted with the relevant medical equipment including stretchers, maternity kits, cardiac monitors, oxygen, gloves, syringes and burn kits.
The beneficiary facilities included the Osu Maternity Home, the Sakumono Community Hospital, the Valley View University hospital and the Rebecca Akufo-Addo PICU at the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital all in the Greater Accra Region.
The rest are the West Gonja District Assembly Polyclinic in the Northern Region and the Okomfo Anokye Mother and Baby Unit in the Ashanti Region.
Ms Tina Naa Ayele Mensah, the Deputy Minister of Health, who received the donations on behalf of the various government health institutions, thanked the First Lady for her kind gesture and initiative, giving the assurance that the ambulances would be used for their intended purposes for the benefit of all.
She further paid a glowing tribute to Mrs Akufo-Addo and the Rebecca Foundation for the many kind gestures they had extended to the health sector to augment existing provisions, saying, the government was ever prepared to assist such bodies in their quest to support the sector.
Nii Adjei Tawiah, the Municipal Chief Executive of the Korley Klottey Municipal Assembly, on behalf of the other recipients, thanked the benefactors for the support, and said the arrival of the ambulances was very timely as his Municipality, which was one of the newly created, was until know, had no such facility.