The 37 Military Hospital has launched its 75th anniversary and the Forces Liver Health Protection Project (FLiHP).
The FLiHP is aimed at creating health awareness and reduction of high morbidity, mortality of hepatitis B and C among serving personnel and their dependants.
Speaking at the launch, the Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr. Kenneth Gilbert Adjei commended the staff of the hospital for their hard work in providing quality health care for the public over the years.
He said the hospital has been at the forefront during national disasters and road traffic accidents in the country.
“The hospital has served as the government medical emergency response unit and has become the centre of action in the event of major disasters such as the May 9th disaster, Melcom disaster and June 3rd flood and fire tragedy,” he said.
He urged the hospital to reflect on its past while reaffirming the desire and determination to ensure efficient and effective health care.
The Commander of the hospital, General Ernest Crosby Saka appealed to government to critically look at the maintenance agreement, since the hospital was in dire need of retooling for effective work.
“Due to the numbers we have to attend to, sometimes, we are unable to meet the expectations of all. Most of our equipment have out-lived their lifespan and we are often confronted with frequent breakdowns,” he said.
That he said would resolve the challenges visitors encounter in securing a parking space when visiting the hospital.
He stated that, the maintenance of the equipment had become a hydra–headed monster that the hospital had to confront every day.
According to him through a Private Public Partnership, (PPP) an agreement had been reached to construct staff accommodation and a parking lot for visitors.
He said the climax of the anniversary would be held in July 2017 and activities lined up would include, blood donation, health screening, float, fun games among others.
Agnes Opoku Sarpong and Rebecca Kajelo