Accra, Oct. 26, GNA – The First Lady, Mrs
Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has said there is the need to employ advanced
technology to deliver healthcare in the country.
She said with the constant change in
characteristics and mutation of diseases, it is imperative to apply advanced
technology to combat diseases.
Mrs Akufo-Addo made the observation when she
visited the headquarters of Terumo Corporation, a leading medical devices
manufacturer in Tokyo, Japan.
In the company of Mr Frank Okyere, Ghana’s
High Commissioner to Japan, and Mr Charles Owiredu, Deputy Minister for Foreign
Affairs, Mrs Akufo-Addo toured the company’s facilities where she was shown
various healthcare structural settings and technologically advanced medical
equipment produced by Terumo Corporation.
The First Lady was particularly impressed
with the company’s development of the Mirasol Pathogen Reduction Technology
System (PRTS), a method by which infectious pathogens in blood transfusions
were inactivated thereby reducing the infectious levels of disease-causing
agents that may be found in donated blood components.
In Ghana, the Mirasol PRTS, which has been
employed at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has proven to be effective in
significantly reducing the incidence of transfusion-transmitted malaria in
With more than one-third of maternal deaths
in Africa resulting from severe bleeding during delivery or after childbirth,
Mrs Akufo-Addo said, the use of the Marisol PRTS in countries would ensure that
blood was cleansed of infectious pathogens.
Citing unfortunate instances where innocent
mothers, babies, and other recipients have been infected with various diseases
via blood transfusion, the First Lady said, her Rebecca Foundation would work
closely with Terumo Corporation to ensure that the Marisol PRTS was employed in
various medical facilities in the country as a way of reducing the incidence of
transfusion-transmitted diseases to mothers and children.
She said as part of efforts to ensure safe
blood transfusion, government was examining the passage of a Blood Services
Bill to ensure that all blood transfusions meet an acceptable standard of
She expressed the hope that technologies
such as the Marisol PRTS would be employed by health facilities to ensure that
collected blood met the right standards.
On behalf of the Ghanaian delegation, Mr
Owiredu thanked the management of the company for the tour and expressed the
hope of a close co-operation between the Government of Ghana and Terumo
Corporation in employing advanced technology in health delivery.