Few hospitals in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana were full of smiles last week Thursday when a team of benevolent citizens paid surprise visits to them.
On the 23rd of August 2018, Managing Director and Co-Founder of CLITH NGO, Mr Eugene E. Tornyeavah joined a family of concerned philanthropists lead by Mrs. Akweley Plahar to visit 6 hospitals at random in the national capital and the harbour city of Ghana. They made it to both small and big facilities, as well as private and public owned health institutions who continue to brace the odds to deliver health service par excellence to the people of Ghana.
#Jerry4Library project is an ongoing family cum community library project spear headed by Mrs Akweley Plahar to boost reading culture in children in rural communities. As part of efforts to build this project, Mrs Plahar who was until recently a civil service diplomatic staff stationed in Ghana’s High Commission in India; called for support from friends, co-workers, family and civil society in the Diaspora to donate used books and reading materials.
In conversation with Administrators and Directors of the receiving institutions, Mrs Akweley Plahar and her twin sister Akuorkor cautioned the institutions to use the equipment and medical consumables to the benefit of people and not sell them or keep them in stores where they will gather dust. Among the items donated were wheel chairs, drip stands, medical consumables such as packs of cotton pads, gauze packs, infusion sets, boxes of syringes and needles, IV catheters and boxes of hand gloves. Hospitals and Clinics who benefited from the first round of the donation exercise included Oak Street Clinic and Laboratory in Teshie, LEKMA Hospital in Teshie, Family Health Hospital in Teshie, Tema General Hospital, New Crystal Hospital in Tema and Tema Polyclinic.
The receiving institutions were very happy with the surprise donations with most of them expressing how much it was an answered prayer to their call and desire for workable medical equipment to augment their lack and inadequate ones. On Facebook, many health workers expressed desire and need for some of those equipment to reach their doorsteps because they all lack them. Several requests were received from Hospitals in Winneba, Cape coast, Keta, Sogakope, Akatsi, Ada, Adaklu, Agbozume etc. Grievous of all was calls from Nkwanta South Hospital in northern Volta.
The team intends to make another surprise visit to the Volta region this week to donate the rest of the medical equipment in stock. It is worthy to note that purchase of these medical equipment and consumables was funded by two Ghanaian consuls in Mumbai and Kolkata, three astute Indian companies and some wonderful Ghanaians including the Managing Director of CLITH NGO who contribute Made-In-Ghana products which were sold in India and proceeds used to purchase the equipment. These were wonderfully purchased, shipped in and cleared by Mrs Plahar at a great cost. One would expect government to supply these things at ease to health institutions in the country, but that is seen only when we get lucky or elections loom. Government even took a step further to tax the philanthropists who made efforts to bring them in.
“CLITH NGO intends to reach out to Civil Society, individual donors and willing people to help raise funds to renovate, restock and refurbish some primary health delivery centers across rural Ghana starting with Nkwanta South Municipal hospital.” Says Dr Stephen Akiti, Board chairman of CLITH NGO.