Global Pharmaceutical Company, AstraZeneca has donated four Nebulizers to the 37 Military Hospital on Monday, July 12, 2021 at the premises of the Paediatric Emergency Unit (PEU) in Accra.
Three of the Omron brand Nebulizers were donated to the PEU and one to the Paediatric Out Patients Department (POPD) of the hospital.
In a statement at the Medical Conference Room, the Country President AstraZeneca Africa Cluster, Madam Barbara Nel emphasized that the initiative, dubbed ‘’The Africa PUMUA initiative’’ is AstraZeneca’s innovative programme committed to reducing Asthma Care in Africa. She said ‘’PUMUA ‘’ is a Swahili word meaning ‘’Breath.’’
‘’The Africa PUMUA Initiative is intended to compliment the Government’s efforts in the management of Asthma, aligned to the Ministry’s National Policy for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Non- Communicable Diseases in Ghana,’’ she added.
The Company aims to improve Paediatric and adult asthma management across public and private sector with a focus on strengthening the local health system, health worker capacity building, awareness and education and equitable access to AstraZeneca’s respiratory medicines.
The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Administration of the facility Lt Col Rahinatu Sledge Alando on behalf of the Director General Ghana Armed Forces Medical Services (GAFMS) Brig Gen Ernest Crosby Saka (Jr), Commander of the Hospital Brig Gen Nii Adjah Obodai, Commanding Officer of the Hospital Col Azumah Bugri and the entire staff of the facility, received the items and thanked them for the benevolence. She assured that the nebulizers would be put to good use.
The Acting Officer in Charge of POPD Dr Sheila Asamoah-Okyere also received the items on behalf of the PEU and POPD.
Present at the presentation were the President of the Ghana Thoracic Society and Respiratory Physician of the 37 Military Hospital Col (Dr) Clement Laryea , Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of the Hospital Lt Col Francisca Amakyi, CNO Clinical Lt Col Owusu Aidoo, Maj Narteki Gyapong -Osei and staff of the Paediatric unit.
Also present were some members of the AstraZeneca Company. Country Lead of the Company Mr Mawuli Atiemo, Executive Medical Representative Madam Beverly Gyanwa Baah Odoom, Senior Medical Representative Mr Edward Bray, among others.