Ghana: Government procures latest MRI facilities for public hospitals
Ghana has moved a step further in health care delivery by becoming the third country in Africa after South Africa and Egypt, to procure latest Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facilities for regional and teaching hospitals.Government has successfully engaged Toshiba to install the machines in the hospitals across the country.
Ghana thus becomes the first country in the West African sub-region to procure the facility as part of efforts by government to improve health care delivery in the country.
Four of the MRI machines built with latest technology are currently being installed at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, the Volta Regional Hospital in Ho, and the Central Regional Hospital in Cape Coast.
Many patients needing thorough medical examination hitherto had to be flown to South Africa, Egypt or Europe for such tests due to the inability of existing MRI facilities in the country to give exact result of their conditions.
Government as a result, entered into an agreement with Toshiba to manufacture and install MRI facilities at major hospitals. The installations which are being done in phases, are likely to be completed in March this year for commissioning.
Ghana's neighbours in West Africa also have the opportunity to access the services of the device without having to travel abroad.
Middle East Operation Area Manager for Toshiba, Mohamed Haroun told journalists on arrival at the Kotoka Airport that, the machines have been built with state of the art technology which can be upgraded with time and has a lifespan of about fifty years or more.
Mr. Haroun said unlike existing MRI facilities, the latest device is less expensive and can adjust to the condition of patients.
He said Toshiba, as part of its plans to make Ghana the technology hub in West Africa, has trained engineers on how to handle the device after installation. He said plans are also underway to offer training to doctors and medical staff on the operations of the machine.
He commended government for taking the bold decision to procure the equipment to promote health care in the country.
The latest MRI equipment has been designed to handle over 70 cases in a day, and has a lower cost of running compared to existing ones built on old technology.