Turkey commits to supporting Ghana’s health sector

Turkish Ambassador, Nesrin Bayazit presenting some items to Dr. Emmanuel Voado. In the background is second lady Samira Bawumia and some staff of the hospital

The Turkish Ambassador to Ghana Nesrin Bayazit has said her country will not relent in their quest to support Ghana’s health sector to achieve the desired results and ensure better healthcare of patients.

She noted relations between the two countries have deepened, not only in the health sector, but in various other sectors of the economy. According to her, Turkey will continue to play its role to ensure economic and social progress in Ghana.

Madam Bayazit said this when Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) donated 240 pieces of neurosurgical supplies to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital at Ridge in Accra.

The equipments worth more than Gh¢200,000 were to augment the hospital’s neurosurgical department in their quest to giving quality health services to patients at the facility.

The donation was in collaboration with Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects, a foundation owned by Second lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia.

“Health is one of the areas we contribute to improve here in Ghana. For example, in 2014 Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey donated significant number of medical equipment to 37 Military Hospital, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Gushegu District Hospital, Tamale Central Hospital worth US$100”, she noted.

She expressed her gratitude to Mrs.  Bawumia for her vital role played in assisting the rapid clearance of the equipment.

According to the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report in 2017, Turkey ranked as the largest donor country worldwide with US$8 billion of humanitarian assistance.

The Turkish Ambassador explained that her country’s humanitarian assistance has been diversified and significantly increased in recent years.

She touted the strong ties that exist between Turkey and African countries in general in institutional cooperation, healthcare, infrastructure, agriculture, energy, rural development and reiterated that her country will continue supporting the continent.

Receiving the items on behalf of the hospital, the Chief Neurosurgeon of the Ridge Hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Voado said he was grateful to the Turkish Embassy and Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Project for the medical supplies and promised the items will be used for the purpose intended.