Date: May 10, 2020
Virtue Foundation, an NGO has donated about 30 oxygen equipment and 34 other ancillary parts to the Sissala East Municipal Health Directorate to support COVID-19 patients.
The 30 equipment comprises 28 oxygen cylinders and 2 oxygen concentrators.
In an interview with the Country Director of Virtue Foundation who is also the National Democratic Congress Sissala East Parliamentary candidate, Mr. Issah Mohammed Bataglia said the foundation thought it wise to purchase some medical essentials like the oxygen cylinders and concentrators to give to the health centers to take care of possible positive cases of the COVID-19 in the municipality.
“We [the Virtue Foundation] had wanted to buy veronica buckets for every household, but taken into consideration how the virus is getting, we thought it wise that buying only the veronica buckets wouldn’t solve the problem. So, the deadly part of the virus when one has it is the respiratory distress which can cause one’s death, and as a result, we planned that should it even require us to divide the money at our disposal, to procure this oxygen equipment for the hospitals so that we can deal with a possible outbreak of positive cases” he said
Country Director of Virtue Foundation who is also the National Democratic Congress Sissala East Parliamentary candidate, Mr. Issah Mohammed Bataglia (Right).
Mr. Issah Mohammed Bataglia has also disclosed that all health centers and CHIPS zones in the municipality would each receive some of the equipment.
He said it is the ultimate aim of the Foundation to see the donation helping the poor and vulnerable.
He has, therefore, urged the health personnel to put to judicious use and protect the equipment.
Meanwhile, a training workshop was organized to demonstrate to some health personnel from the Tumu Municipal Hospital on how to operate the equipment donated.
Speaking to Radford FM news an anesthetic, Mr. Karaye Issah Dramani has assured that the best appreciation they could show to the gesture done by the Virtue Foundation is to put the equipment to good use to achieve their intended purpose.
He, however, said the hospital still lacks emergency intensive care oxygen ventilators that support patients who cannot breathe at all. He further said the equipment donated would not be able to play the role of oxygen ventilators which the hospital is seriously lacking.
He recounted that the foundation in 2012 has ever donated similar oxygen ventilators to the hospital but one is currently spoiled.
Mr. Issah Bataglia Mohammed has however said that the concern has been noted and would be looked at going forward.