K’dua hosp. records more deaths on arrival

Mr Kwaku Agyemang Mensah,Minister of Health.. (1)TRADITIONAL healing centres and church camps have been accused of keeping ill patients and only releasing for hospital when they about to die.

On average, the Koforidua Regional Hospital has recorded cases of 20 patients being rushed from healing centres but dying on arrival every month.

Dr. Kwame Anim-Boamah, Administrator of the hospital, who disclosed this said investigations revealed that most of the patients were rushed to the hospital from traditional healing homes and church camps where they had gone for treatment for their ailments, instead of going to health facilities

Dr. Anim-Boamah, who made this revelation during a media briefing on the review of the hospital’s performance in 2014 here on Tuesday, said that the situation was worrying and advised the public to consider the hospital as the first point of contact when they are sick.

“Sometimes, it was difficult for the hospital to ascertain where the dead person is being brought from, because relatives sometimes do not want to mention the names of such traditional healing homes or church camps”, he said.

He stressed the need for the public to be educated on the importance of seeking proper medical care adding that although one was free to believe in divine powers, seeking medical care should be a prime option.

On sanitation Dr. Anim-Boamah, said “We know littering of the compound is a challenge in many public places, but we expect people to respect the fact that the hospital is a health facility and cannot be littered since patients need a good environment to stay healthy,” he said.

The Hospital Administrator also appealed to relatives of patients to visit the hospital at the right visiting hours to avoid confrontations between them and security personnel.

“Most of the time, relatives of patients walk into the hospitals at odd hours like 12 midnight or at times when visiting hours are over, and sometimes this results in confrontations with our security men and nurses who receive insults from such relatives,” he said.

From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua

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