The Lordina Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has received assorted medical supplies and equipment from two Japanese companies, the Terumo Company and Tokushukai Medical Group.
While Terumo, donated 900 pieces of digital blood pressure monitors, 900 pieces of electronic axillary thermometers, 1,050 pieces of blood bags and a Mirasol Patogen Technology System, Tokushukai on the other hand presented 100,000 pieces of disposable surgical masks.
The Mirasol Patogen Technology System would be delivered to the Komfo Anokye and Korle Bu Teaching hospitals in Kumasi and Accra respectively by the Lordina Foundation.
The donation by Terumo Group to the Lordina Foundation was in fulfilment of a promise made by the company to the First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, when she visited the Terumo Pranex Medical Centre during a recent visit to Japan with President John Dramani Mahama.
The General Manager of Terumo, Mr Hideki Ito, who presented a sample of the items to the First Lady at a ceremony in Accra, said the company had followed with keen interest the philanthropic work of the Lordina Foundation, which had presented medical supplies and equipment to some hospitals in all the 10 regions of the country.
The First Lady said during her visit to the medical centre, she saw lots of new advancements in technologies and equipment, especially technologies for blood treatment and transfusion.
She thanked the companies for the support and said it would help the two major hospitals to deliver quality health care to their patients.
The Minister of Health, Mr Alex Segbefia, said Ghana had made significant progress in improving blood safety, especially in the prevention of new infections and diseases.
He said the country had also made remarkable progress in improving the safety and competence of national blood supplies by promoting a substantial increase in the number of safe, voluntary, unpaid donors who provided blood regularly.
Mr Segbefia said Ghana, like most other African countries, faced challenges and shortage of medical supplies and equipment, adding that the donation had come at a good time.