Maintenance departments in hospitals have sometimes either no or a lack of equipment for repairs, less money and, maybe the most important fact, not enough encouragement to fulfil the work. The medical devices are old and insufficiently maintained. Thus physicians and nurses aren’t able to do their job properly.
So a group of “Technology without Borders” (TeoG) in cooperation with the “German Rotary Volunteer Doctors” decided to meet this challenge in order to improve the situation of the hospitals. We want to assist the maintenance departments with tools, spare parts and consumables. In addition to this technical support we improve the personal skills of the Ghanaian electricians. As a part of this training we teach preventive maintenance, electric safety and workflow. We explain the functionality of the medical devices and fix them together.
During our stay in July 2015 we promised: We will help you even after our departure and we will come back again! Only in this way it is possible to achieve long-lasting and sustainable improvement. The second trip was in May 2016. We added the “Holy family hospital” in Techiman into our programme and visited the two “St. Martin Hospitals” in Agomanya and Agroyesum. Here we intensely discussed the waste challenge and developed a plan for the waste management together with the administration. There were some obvious improvements in comparison to the past year, so we decided to visit the hospitals twice a year in order to gain enhancement at the best possible rate.
Therefore, another couple will visit the hospitals at the end of October 2016. We are going to refurbish the incinerator for infectious waste, to finally implement the waste management and to cooperate again with the maintenance departments. Together with the Ghanaian technicians we want to maintain and restore small medical devices like incubators, nebulizers and suction machines. In this process it is important to train the electricians and to create sensitivity for the problems as to make sure that they will be able to fulfil these tasks by themselves in future.
Our team will be supported by two Ghanaian students who are also TeoG members. They are to help with the mutual comprehension. Furthermore, we hope to provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills to guarantee continuous accompaniment for the hospitals.
As to realise our technical aims we need a lot of support because consumables, spare parts and tools are mainly funded by donations. To buy these and to be able to realize the whole project we ask You for your financial aid. Thank you!
Day 19, 20 and 21 Thursday 10th of November was going to be the most important day of our stay at the St. Martins Hospital in Agroyesum. We planned a big conference with the hospital staff to adress the…