Bolgatanga, Jan. 02, GNA – The Bolgatanga, Nangodi, Bongo and Tongo (BONABOTO) branch of United Kingdom, has donated medical items including blood pressure machines, blood glocometres and refills to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital valued at 1,000 pounds.
BONABOTO is an organization made up of citizens from Bolgatanga, Nangodi, Bongo and Tongo of the Upper East Region.
It has a branch in the UK and other countries and seeks to advocate and contribute to the overall development of the Upper East Region.
The organization last year donated medical equipment to the regional hospital of which some of them were distributed to the district health facilities.
Members of the association also provided medical outreach programmes to the region last year and are in the process of doing same this year.
Mrs Helen Adonkolgo, Organizing Secretary of BONABOTO, who presented the items to Mr Mark Woyongo, Regional Minister, to be presented to the Regional Directorate of the hospital, said every year the association, through its fund raising programmes in the UK, had been contributing to the socio-economic development of the region.
She said apart from the medical items, it had also donated 250 computers and 300 lap tops to senior high schools and some health institutions in the region.
Mr Woyongo commended BONABOTO for their support and said currently the doctor patient ratio in the region is 1:38,000, which, he noted, was not the best.
“The medical outreach programme of BONABOTO is helping lot of patients who would have travelled far to Kumasi and Accra to access health care”, he said.
He said it was based on this that the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and the district assemblies were contributing 3,800 Ghana cedis to support the medical outreach programme this year.
“The RCC has also tasked all the district assemblies in the region to sponsor five students to pursue medicine in the universities of which they are complying. We hope this will help address the acute shortage of doctors in the region in the near future,” he said.
Mr Woyongo entreated other organizations to emulate the examples of BONABOTO by contributing to help the region as one of the deprived regions in the country.
Dr Peter Baffoe, Medical Director of the hospital, said the items would help in administering healthcare to the people and that his directorate had been enjoying the fruitful partnership with BONABOTO over the years.