Dr Daniel Ganu, a Lecturer at Valley View University has stressed the need to increase allocation of pharmaceutical products and equipments in Northern Ghana.

He therefore, appealed to management of Partnership for Quality Medical Equipment Donations (PQMD) an international charity organisation responsible for donating medical equipments worldwide to embark on a programme to increase allocation of pharmaceuticals and medical equipments to the area.

Dr Ganu made the call in an interview with Ghana News Agency at VVU campus at Oyibi in the Greater Accra Region.

He said a research sponsored by management of PQMD revealed that most donations of pharmaceutical products and medical equipments were done in the southern part of the country making provision of efficient and effective health care delivery in northern Ghana difficult.

Dr Ganu noted that about 20 per cent of medical equipment donated to health institutions broke down after few months for lack of repairs and stressed the need for efforts to remedy the situation.

The management of PQMD launched the findings of the research project at a Fellowship Meeting attended by participants from the US Action Aid, Ghana Health Services, Local NGOs and representatives of research institutions – VVU and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.

The project which began in 2007 was to evaluate medical donation practices in Ghana.

Other objectives of the project includes providing a foundation for decision making on medical donation, foster co-operation among potential recipients and donor organisations, and identify opportunities for PQMD members to partner local organisations to collaborate appropriate medical resources and needs.

Source: GNA