On behalf of First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the second lady of the republic of Ghana Her Excellency Samira Bawumia joined the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Berenice Owen-Jones to present some medical equipment and consumables to the Orthopedic Training Centre (OTC) at Nsawam in the Eastern Region. These items were procured through the joint efforts of the High Commission, the Rotary Organization in Australia, GTS Drilling Services, and Wheelchairs for Kids (WFK).
The OTC, a not-for-profit organisation, established in 1961, provides therapy, prosthetic, and orthotic support services to physically challenged persons in Ghana.
The medical equipment forms as part of “SHARING HOPE WITH FRIENDSHIP” program.
The donation which filled a 40 foot container, includes a range of equipments from hoap beds to blood pressure monitoring devices, examination tables and 25 specially designed wheel chairs for the children.
The second lady Her Excellency Samira Bawumia, during her speech said a sizeable proportion of the global population suffers from various forms of disability and there is the need to work together to achieve am equitable society.
She also added “About 16% of the world population experiences disability and there is a need to identify new approaches to support disable person”.
The Australian high commissioner to Ghana H.E Berenice Owen-Jones, emphasized the need to support disable people to develop to their full potential.
We recognize that given favorable systems, support and improved services, people with disabilities can make enormous contributions to development.
This is why we are so pleased to be able to support this initiative, which aims to improve service delivery and the lives of people with disabilities. Said H.E Berenice Owen-Jones.
I want to thank Dave Harper and his team at GTS Drilling for their immense effort for making this presentation possible and for their commitment to helping the vulnerable.
Iddi Baah – Kurey, Human resource manager for GTS Drlilling, observed that the company since its inception in Ghana has being extending various forms to improve communities.
He expressed his company’s privilege of facilitating the transportation of the wheelchairs and the orthopedic medical equipment from Australia to support Ghanaian children.
At GTS Drilling, we are committed to continuing our partnership with the Orthopedic training center and other organization that provide support and resources to children with disabilities in Ghana”. The GTS Drilling HE manager added.
Elizabeth Newman, the director at the Orthopedic training center (OTC) thanked the Australian high commissioner and the other partners for the support.
She said “The equipment will go along way to support the services we are able to provide to the children and adults who come to our center for recovery and rehabilitation with our physiotherapy and other services.
With about 6,000 Ghanaian’s attending OTC each year, in person and at our mobile clinic continue to increase.
Source: Abraham Allotey Snr || Dailyviewgh.com