Japan to revamp support for power sector

Ghana’s second largest referral facility, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), has taken delivery of equipment valued at about US$250,000.00 to strengthen paediatric intensive care.

These included monitors, electrocardiograms, pulse oximeters, ventilators and disposables.

They were donated by a medical team from the Boston Children’s Hospital, United States (US), on an outreach mission at the hospital.

The team led by Professor Francis Fynn-Thomson, alongside their Ghanaian counterparts, had earlier, successfully performed free heart surgery on 12 children, suffering from various heart conditions.

It would have cost each beneficiary patient an average of GH¢3,500.00 to undergo the surgery.

Prof Fynn-Thomson told journalists that the team had been visiting over the last 10 years and the goal was to bring medical help to children with heart diseases.

It was also to provide technical support and assist to build the capacity of doctors working in the hospital, to efficiently handle cardiovascular cases and other related services, particularly to children.

He hailed the partnership between the two facilities and applauded doctors at the PICU for the hard work and commitment to give quality care to children.

Prof John Appiah Adabie, Head of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), thanked the team for the assistance and said it had brought tremendous relief to sick children and their families.

He said the equipment without doubt would improve the capacity of the Unit and raise the quality of care.

He used the occasion to underline the need to find the money to complete the maternal and child health block of the hospital, the construction of which started 43 years ago, to provide more space for efficient medical care for women and children.

GNAJapan to revamp support for power sector
Enegry JICA
By Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Nov 04, GNA - Japan will continue to reinforce its support for the power sector to facilitate the provision of stable and reliable supply for Ghana's socioeconomic development.

Mr Koji Makino, the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) Country Representative for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, said the Agency would continue to support the building of electricity facilities such as substations, transmission and distribution lines to enable a stable and reliable power supply which contributed to industrial development.

He said electricity transmission and distribution were equally important as its generation hence the need to invest massively in those sectors.

He said the Agency, in collaboration with the Ghana Government under the Project for Improvement of Power Distribution System, had funded the construction of two primary substations for the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO) in Tamale and Sunyani.

Mr Makino, who made this known in Tamale during a three-day tour of JICA funded projects in the Northern Region, said the two projects cost 1.686 billion Japanese Yen or $16.4 million.

The Tamale Project would beef power supply to approximately 5,084 existing households customers at the University for Development, Nyankpala Campus, Sheshegu and Tolon and about 3,916 new households customers would also benefit.

For the Sunyani substation 4,577 existing household customers would directly benefit while 4,380 new household customers would be connected to the national grid including the Sunyani Hospital, Chira and New Dormaa.

Mr Makino said currently JICA, in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, is implementing co-operation in six sectors namely health, infrastructure, agriculture, education, governance and private sector development.

The Country Representative said the project areas were selected through a dialogue with the Government of Ghana based on Ghana's development strategy and Japan's co-operation strategy outlined in the Tokyo International Conference for African Development.

Mr Makino said JICA would continue to provide support for capacity development, policy and institutional capacity improvement as well as social and economic infrastructure, thereby stimulating sustained poverty reduction through equitable growth and human empowerment.

Mr Moses Tawiah, the NECO Engineering Director, described the project as one of the best to be implemented in the country.

He said power played a key role in the socioeconomic development of every nation and expressed his gratitude to the Japanese Government for the project.

GNA

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