Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Health ministry, Guinness provides water for Maamobi hospital

Source: GNA

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), have inaugurated an integrated water delivery system for the Maamobi Hospital in Accra.

The GH¢180,000 water project was jointly inaugurated by the Minister of Health, Ms Sherry Ayittey and the Corporate Relations Director of GGBL, Ms Preba Greenstreet.

It comprises a network of mechanised boreholes connected to a reverse osmosis treatment plant and storage tanks with a total capacity of 60,000 litres, enough supply to meet the needs of the entire hospital.

Addressing a gathering during the ceremony to hand over the facility, Ms Ayittey commended GGBL for coming to the aid of the hospital, adding that clean water was critical to healthcare.

“We have witnessed in recent times how healthcare delivery in some health centres have been impacted due to the unavailability of clean water, and this initiative comes at the right time,” she said.

She added that at a crucial time where internally generated funds of most health centres were stretched, it was heart warming to know that the project would sustainably provide the water needs of the hospital.

Ms Preba Greenstreet said the company understood the important role that clean water played in quality healthcare delivery and “We’re happy today to be handing over this 60,000-litre capacity water system set to sustainably provide the water needs of this hospital and the over 89,000 annual patrons.”

She said the project was the third major water project that GGBL and the Diageo Foundation had funded in health centres under its Water of Life programme.

Ms Greenstreet expressed optimism that the project would contribute immensely to improving healthcare in these hospitals.

The Medical Superintendent of the Maamobi Polyclinic, Dr Mrs Mildred Kumassah, in her remarks, said water supply in the hospital was interrupted during the construction of the main road about 16 years ago.

Since then, she said, the facility had been operating without the flow of water, and all efforts in the past to get it reconnected had proved futile.

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