Reg. Ministers donates boxes of medicated glasses to UDS HOSP
The Regional Minister for Ghana’s Upper East Region, Paulina Patience Abayage has presented three boxes of medicated spectacles to the University for Development Studies [UDS] Hospital in Navrongo, capital of the Kassena-Nankana Municipality.

Date Created : 8/7/2019 3:59:19 AM : Story Author : Peter Atogewe Wedam/

At a brief gathering to formally present the package to authorities of the hospital, Madam Abayage disclosed that the boxes contained a total of 1,500 pieces of the medicated spectacles as well as other eye glasses that are usually worn after surgeries to prevent infection and other impurities from settling on the healing eyes.

She disclosed that the package was made possible through the benevolence of the Lions Club in Torino, Italy and sent to her through Ghana’s Honorary Consul to Torino, Mr. Salvatore De Fazio. She described both the Lions Club and the Honorary Consul as good friends she had made during her duty as Ghana’s Ambassador to Italy and expressed joy that such friendship had become beneficial to the public.

The Minister said she had learnt from a friend who is a staff of the university, of the critical health services the hospital was providing not only to the students and staff of the university, but also to the larger public of Navrongo and beyond as a result of which, she offered to help in the area of eye-related health care at the facility. She promised that whenever she was able to solicit any form of assistance, she would definitely be returning to the facility to help.

The Regional Minister was also excited and relieved about the presence and operations of the UDS hospital stressing that, it saves time for clients from its immediate environs as well as, reduce pressure on the main hospital in the municipality.

This UDS Hospital is the second institution within the Navrongo area to receive a donation from Hon. Abayage in less than a week. Just towards the end of last week, she presented a desktop computer and its accessories to the Navrongo Police Command.

Meanwhile, a Director of University Health Services Dr. Kabiru K. Azeez, who received the donation thanked the regional minister for the intervention saying the hospital was currently conducting aneye screening exercise and that, the spectacles will duly go to patients who needed such assistive devices.

Dr. Azeez stated that the university was considered as a community and that it was only properly for every community to have one form of health facility or the other according to standards by the World Health Organisation. He indicated that initially, the facility targeted to cater for health needs of its staff and students, but there was an increasing need to open up to the general public and so, the hospital had since become a public one.

He revealed that the hospital had a bed capacity of 20 – female ward furnished with 10 beds and the male ward also equipped with 10. He added that, it officially commenced operations in 2015 and was outsourced it to a private person to operate but that since April 2019, the university fully took back the facility and was running it. He disclosed that the hospital had three doctors while the authorities occasionally bring in specialists in various areas of health to attend to the needs of clients.

Dr. Azeez disclosed further that, the hospital runs an effective operation room whilst discussions were ongoing with health authorities to bring on antenatal services and also secure accreditation to render services under the National Health Insurance Scheme.