A Ghanaian Company, Africa Health Supplies Limited (AHS), has made a donation of medical equipment to the Ministry of Health to buttress national government’s effort in the areas of medical supplies to various public health facilities around the Country.
The donation was made at the Ministry of Health in Congo Town on Friday, December 3, 2021.
AHS is the representative of Medical Technology Transfer Services (MTTS), in Ghana and the African sub-region Headquarters in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The equipment donated includes firefly phototherapy and colibri phototherapy. Firefly Phototherapy is a double-sided phototherapy device designed to treat neonatal jaundice, while colibri phototherapy is a LED Phototherapy device for effective treatment of neonatal jaundice.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Government of Liberia, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah acknowledged that the Ministry has envisioned to set-up neonatal centers in all public health facilities across the country, but due to some financial constraint, the vision is yet to be realized.
“One of the things the Ministry—and we have tried to do is to set up neonatal centers in all of our facilities across the nation. And what they have given us is like a figure of what we need: where one neonatal Center cost about $35,000USD to assemble a center”, Dr. Jallah remarks. “This will make a lot of sense as we get it close…so what we will do is we will share with you what is it that you we need for one neonatal center to function since you have been in this for long—we will also share with you in order to reduce neonatal mortality. We have to invest in this, because we also need the proper equipment to make sure that it works; thereby an ongoing training after which participants would be requested to those neonatal centers in the various facilities because they cannot work without the opening of these centers.”
She at the same time lauded the Company for remembering Liberia amidst global health crisis.
Earlier, while hand delivering the items over to the Ministry, the Chief Executive Officer of African Health Supplies, Mr. Albert Ankrah, underscored the importance for the prioritization of equipment if the health system is to function properly.
“The Health System needs to function properly which is something that we must prioritize and we are doing”, Mr. Ankrah expressed.
In closing, he vowed to strengthen partnership and heighten cooperation with commitment to continuously contribute to the country health sector for the provision of quality healthcare service delivery for all.
During the donation, Madam Christine Brooks-Jarrett, Policy Adviser to the Minister and other staff of the Ministry, accompanied the Minister