Everywhere Onlus, an Italian NGO, on Thursday presented a mobile clinic vehicle valued at $40,000 to the Tamale Teaching Hospital at a ceremony in Accra.
Dr Pietro Sergio Savani, President of Everywhere Onlus, who presented the 4×4 Hyundai Samtafe vehicle, said he was touched by the plight of the old and the young who had to travel far in order to access medical centre in the North.
Dr Savani, who started with the concept of Mobile ClinicVans, noted that in some instances people had to travel about 50 kilometres before accessing medical centres, adding the vehicle was to assist people in the three Northern Regions during medical outreach across the country.
He was optimistic that the state-of-the-art vehicle would go a long way to help Ghana achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) through medical outreach in the country.
Dr Savani recalled the inability of some medical doctors and nurses who got stuck after a heavy down pour in Tamale while he was in Ghana, and said the NGO was pursuing exchange programmes for pre-graduate and post graduate doctors between Ghana and Italy.
Dr Ken Sagoe, Chief Executive Officer of Tamale Teaching Hospital, who received the keys to the vehicle, thanked the NGO for the kind gesture.
He said the vehicle would complement the existing mobile vans during medical outreach in deprived communities.
“We would take care of the vehicle and put it to good use by serving the people with it,” he added.
Dr Sagoe commended Dr Elias Sory, former Director General of the Ghana Health Service and Dr Akis Afoko, a Urologist and Head of the Mobile Clinics, Tamale Teaching Hospital for the active role they played in securing the vehicle.
Dr Afoko noted that the provision of Mobile Clinic Vans had played important role in health delivery in rural areas. GNA