Ghana's Head of State Colonel lgnatius Acheampong officially opened the first factory for intravenous medical supplies in West Africa at Koforidua, eastern Ghana on Friday (5 April).
GV & SV EXTERIOR Factory and sign "Intravenous Infusions Ltd." (2 shots)
LV & SV Chiefs arriving under umbrellas
CU Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II arrives
SV Women waving handkerchiefs
SV PAN Colonel Acheampong arrives by car & presented with bouquet by small girl
SV Chiefs seated
SV Col. Acheampong shakes hands with African and Swiss directors of company and walks past cheering crowd(2 shots)
SV Acheampong unveils plaque and enters factory(3 shots)
LV INTERIOR and CU Women at work in factory (2 shots)
SV Girl workers weighing bags of intravenous injection drugs (2 shots)
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Background: Ghana's Head of State Colonel lgnatius Acheampong officially opened the first factory for intravenous medical supplies in West Africa at Koforidua, eastern Ghana on Friday (5 April).
The factory, which cost 1.5 million Cedis (about 50,000 sterling), will manufacture intravenous preparations for cholera and other diseases. It is a joint venture involving a group of Ghanaian businessmen, a Swiss technical company and Ghana's National Investment Bank. Ghanaians hold 90 per cent of the shares and the bank has a third in trust for the Ghanaian public.
Colonel Acheampong told the local chiefs, directors and workers at the official opening that the National Redemption Council was anxious to change the attitude that essential products came from abroad and Ghana's goods were inferior. He said the factory should help make Ghana more self reliant.
Colonel Acheampong was confident that the factory's 1.2 million units of medical solutions a year would make all imports of similar medical supplies unnecessary. Ghana could then save about a million Cedis a year in foreign exchange.
The firm's managing director Mr. S. Appenteng and Swiss export sales manager Mr. Rene Messerll addressed the guests and Mr. J. Addo, chairman of Ghana's National Investment bank also made a speech.