On behalf of the government and people of Ghana, the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in Copenhagen and on my own behalf, I wish to express profound gratitude to Mr. Hans Frederick Dydensborg and his team at the Global Medical Aid (a Danish based NGO), for the humanitarian gesture in donating assorted medicines worth US$517,000.00 to the Wenchi Methodist Hospital in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.
The donation, which was done in January 2019, will ensure that patients, especially those with psychiatric conditions, will not have to pay for the drugs.
The medicines included Psychiatric, anti-cancer, anti-retroviral and asthmatic drugs, analgesics (pain relievers) and anti-hypertension and anti-coagulant drugs. Majority of the drugs presented are psychiatric drugs and others not covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to help cater for the needy.
In receiving the medicines, the nurse in-charge of the psychiatric unit of the hospital, Mr. Simon Djakwa, said the unit attended to over 960 mental health cases last year. He explained that the families of some of the patients could not afford the psychiatric medications, thereby making the treatment of such cases very challenging.
Speaking to the media after the presentation, the Urologist and Medical Director of the Wenchi Methodist Hospital, Dr. Boateng Bosomtwi said the free psychiatric medications would enhance care for psychiatric patients at the hospital, explaining that some psychiatric patients were unable to buy some of the drugs because they were expensive.
Some of the donated medicines will be distributed to other municipal and district hospitals across the country.
The Embassy of the Republic of Ghana will continue to collaborate with Global Medical Aid, the government and the good people of Denmark to ensure universal access to medicines and medical equipment for the deprived and needy people in the society.
To the management and staff of Global Medical Aid,
Ghana says Ayekooo!!!
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