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The Military High Command of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has refurbished, commissioned and dedicated a ward at the 37 Military Hospital, to reservedly serve its serving and retired Warrant Officers (WOs), who may require healthcare delivery and would need admission at the hospital.

The facility has been christened after a former Forces Sergeant Major (FSM) of GAF – the late Ex Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) James Cole, for his extraordinary commitment and sacrifices throughout his service to GAF, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, by the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) – Vice Admiral (V/Adm) Seth Amoama, who was the Guest of Honour at a ceremony, at the Military Hospital, in Accra.

The CDS stated that, naming the Ward after the exemplary departed CWO, and carving out and dedicating it for the serving and retired Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs), is part of the Military High Command’s recognition of the pivotal role that WOs play, in the effective Command and Administration of the Armed Forces.

Admiral Amoama further declared that, it is the intention of the high command, to further add up to the facilities at the health center, for it to be able to cope with special care for various categories of ranks of the military, to inspire other level of personnel, to demonstrate virtues and to assure all that, such sacrifices as portrayed by the Ex-FSM, will not go unnoticed.

The CDS, who was formerly, the chairman of the hospital’s Advisory Board, extolling the hospitals good works, said that the military health facility, which is a National Emergency Hospital, has about 70% of its clientele being civilians, bears about 20% of all COVID-19 cases in the country, and has very low reported cases of mortality.

The facility is also the main hospital that serves several thousands of retired and serving military personnel and their families, and thus, it is the commitment of the current military high command, that the hospital has modern equipment and facilities required, to meet the needs of its clients.

V/Adm Amoama stated that medical delivery, is one of the key Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) that GAF is particular about and delivers to the general public, which includes Diplomats, foreigners, very high-ranking public officials, and even to the lowest of the citizenry.

After a tour of the hospital, the CDS acknowledged challenges bedeviling the hospital in the area of X-ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), convenient places of rest for families who attend to their loved ones on admission, and other essential components of healthcare delivery facilities that need to be addressed, cut sod for the construction of an additional ablution place for the hospital and handed over some kitchen equipment to the hospital for the newly constructed kitchen.

Admiral Amoama, therefore, extended invitation to Corporate and individual entities, to partner the military, in equipping the hospital, for the highest standards required, to serve the general public.

Present at the ceremony included the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) – Vice Admiral Frank Hanson, Director General, GAF Medical Services – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Ernest Crosby Saka Jr, the Commander of 37, Brig Gen Nii Adjah Obodai, Commanding Officer, 37, Col Azumah Bugri, and the FSM – CWO Barker.

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