Tema General Hospital’s Female Medical Ward has received GHC40,000.00 worth of assorted items from the Tema chapter of Women Empowerment Foundation International (WEFI). Senior Nursing Officer Nana Mensima Aikins revealed that the ward lacks an X-ray machine and other medical items, forcing patients to shuttle back and forth from their wards to the Outpatient Department (OPD) for X-ray services since the hospital’s only mobile X-ray machine was malfunctioning.
Patients have to be taken off medical procedures or taken off supplemental oxygen to be transported to the x-ray department either in the open or by ambulance at a fee, thus distorting their healing and medical processes. The hospital ward also lacks electronic vital sign hospital monitors to record patients’ pulse and oxygen saturation rates, respiratory rate, temperature, and blood pressure, making it challenging to keep track of and record crucial data required for diagnosis and therapy.
The female ward’s 32-bed capacity is crammed with rickety hospital beds, including just one adjustable bed and open lockers, which Nana Aikins described as less than ideal. WEFI replaced all of the ward’s outdated curtains with new ones and fixed them in place before presenting the donated items, which included beds, oxygen tanks, plastic and wheelchairs, zimmer frames, bedsheets, water and soft drink bottles, and an adjustable bed.
Mrs. Christiana Agyemang Berko, President of the WEFI chapter in Tema, noted that the act was a continuation of WEFI’s charitable efforts over the past 15 years and its adoption of the TGH’s female medical ward in 2017. The hospital commended WEFI for their assistance and invited other organizations and individuals to make small donations to help the hospital serve the community better.
Nana Aikins also appealed to charitable organizations like WEFI and other benevolent individuals for assistance, saying that the hospital required modern equipment to speed up the treatment and medication processes to render further services to patients.