Hi-Tech Diagnostic Company (HTDC), a subsidiary of First Klass Group of Companies, has acquired X-ray machine to offer diagnostic services for the people of Asante Akyem in the Ashanti Region.

This adds up to ultrasound scan and endoscopy services of the HTDC to ease the burden on patients, relatives of patients, doctors and others in the Asante Akyem area.

Before then, the people in Asante Akyem, particularly, Konongo had to travel about 20km to Asante Akyem Agogo or about 30km to Kumasi to access endoscopy and x-ray services.

At the official opening of the X-ray unit at HTDC at Konongo in the Asante Akyem Municipality, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of First Klass Group of Companies, Dr Steve Ogbordjor said it was disheartening as a medical doctor to refer patients himself or to see a staff of the First Klass Hospital referring a patient to Agogo Presbyterian Hospital for X-ray services.

He said the x-ray and endoscopy services have come for HTDC to better attend to the people in the Konongo area and even beyond.

He said health was key and that rendering health services in a better sense was pertinent to the health development of society.

Accredited by the Health Facilities and Regulatory Agency (HFRA), he indicated that HTDC had since its inception in 2006, rendered ultrasound scan services to over a million clients.

He added that HTDC, apart from the fact that it had generated employment for over 20 people, was situated on a strategic location and had helped ease the burden on clients and medical practitioners.

He said it was the vision of the HTDC to be the preferred health facility, to provide rich and a wide range of services to better the lots of the people in the Asante Akyem area and called for the support of the people.

Applause & Public Support

Local Government Expert and former Presiding Member of Asante Akyem Central Municipal Assembly, Mr George Kyei Baffuor who chaired the occasion applauded HTDC for its services, particularly, the X-ray.

He said he personally took inspiration from the work of Dr Ogbordjor – how he has immensely supported the people of Asante Akyem in diverse ways, particularly in the area of health since he began private medical practice and that there was the need for nananom and all to support him at all times.

He, however, said that public-private partnership was important and called on health facilities in the public sector to partner HTDC for ultrasound scan, endoscopy and x-ray services.

Nananom, Zongo Community pledge support

Nana Kwaku Brobbey who represented the Odumasehene and the Imam for Konongo, Alhaji Osamanu Alhassan, both commended authorities at HTDC for their foresight.

They pledged their support for HTDC at all times and asked that HTDC continued to broaden its frontiers to seek the health needs of the people in the area.

Quick Read

For the first time, the people of Konongo in the Asante Akyem area and beyond can access X-ray services at Hi-Tech Diagnostic Company (HTDC) without travelling 30km to Kumasi or 20km to Agogo.