Sidhil’s £1m deal for Ghana hospitals

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HEALTHCARE equipment specialist Sidhil has won the first stage of a contract in a deal which is expected to top £1m in total to equip six new hospitals being built in Ghana.

It is the latest overseas project for the Halifax-based company, and is part of a plan to help in the fight against infant mortality, and combat a number of diseases including malaria.

Sidhil has been involved in a number of recent projects, including the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, where the company worked against the clock in order to supply beds and mattresses.

And it has also won contracts in Saudi Arabia where healthcare development has been given a high priority.

Products selected from Sidhil for the new hospital facilities in Ghana include beds, mattresses, overbed tables, couches, screens, curtains and a range of ancillary products.

The first order tranche is worth more than £150,000 to Sidhil.

The hospital construction project will play a significant role in supporting Ghana’s national socio-economic development and the United Nation’s Millennium Development goals, especially those relating to reducing infant mortality, improving maternal health and combating malaria and other illnesses.

The hospitals are being constructed in communities across Ghana by British company NMS Infrastructure Ltd, and designed in partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health and customised to meet the special needs at each of the locations.

All medical equipment for the hospitals is being sourced from the UK through facilitators The Medical Warehouse, supported by a UK-Ghana technical team.

The Medical Warehouse supplies a range of first aid and medical consumables as well as equipment for all medical, emergency, first aid and training requirements.

The Medical Warehouse director Laura O’Hara Lee said: “We have worked very closely with Sidhil to source the right products at the right price for this project. All the items selected are manufactured in the UK to the highest quality standards.

“In addition, we have enjoyed the necessary support and technical expertise from Sidhil to put together the right package to meet the very specific needs of this market.”

Sidhil has a growing reputation for its work overseas to provide equipment to help fight disease.

Last year the company worked flat out, operating extra shifts and with manufacturing processes at full capacity, to produce more than 1,600 special beds and mattresses which were sent to Sierra Leone as part of international efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.