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30 July 2016

Lordina Foundation presents medical items to Bolgatanga Hospital

The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, presenting the medical items to the Upper East Regional Director of Health, Dr Kofi Issah

The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, presenting the medical items to the Upper East Regional Director of Health, Dr Kofi Issah

The Lordina Foundation, with the support of its international partner, MedShare in the United States, last Thursday presented medical equipment and supplies to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital. The equipment included hospital and theatre beds, plastic adhesives, syringes, masks, gloves, electrical orthopaedic beds, plastic bandages and urological products.

The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, observed that the Bolgatanga municipality in the Upper East Region had a strategic role to play in the government’s quest to transform the tourism industry into a leading foreign exchange earner.

She noted that the municipality, known as the largest producer of leather works and straw baskets in the country, could use its vibrant art and crafts industry to boost the tourism industry and increase its contribution to the national economy.

Free medical screening

As part of the presentation, free medical screening for breast cancer, and syphilis, as well as HIV testing a

nd counselling, for residents in the region was carried out.

The programme, dubbed: “Prevention of mother-to-child transmission — The key to an HIV-free generation and keeping mothers alive campaign,” was sponsored by the Ghana Chapter of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) and the Ghana AIDS Commission.

Mrs Mahama announced that the government, through the Ministry of Tourism, had evolved strategies to come up with programmes to create “stronger linkages and cohesion between the crafts and the tourism sectors along an integrated value chain in which the municipality had a key role to play”.

She indicated further that the Tourism Ministry and key players in the creative industry were working to facilitate the training of artisans on the basic principles of business tourism to assist the artisans to be more successful in reaching out to tourism markets locally and abroad.

The First Lady gave an assurance that the government was committed to completing the expansion of the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital, so that it would serve as a training centre for nurses and midwives and other health personnel.

She appealed to the chiefs and elders of the community to advise the youth of the region to be circumspect and not engage in violent acts that would mar the peace in the country before, during and after the general election.

The Upper East Regional Medical Director, Dr Kofi Issah, who received the items, indicated that the equipment would be put to good use to help improve health in the region, particularly among women and children who are the most vulnerable in deprived communities.

For his part, the Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Albert Abongo, indicated that the Lordina Foundation’s campaign to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection had yielded positive results.

The First Lady was accompanied by the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, and the Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central, Mr Mark Owen Woyongo.

Source:graphiconline.com

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