Nurses accused of mistreating patients in Sekondi Takoradi

Dr. Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira Director General Ghana Health ServiceSome patients at health facilities in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, have expressed displeasure over continuous disrespect and impunity exhibited by some nurses towards them.

They said some nurses spoke rudely to them, especially whenever they sought seeking health care through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

This came to light during a stakeholders’ meeting organised by Friends of the Nation, an NGO concerned with environmental issues and good governance practices in Sekondi.

The event was held on the theme, ‘Ensuring stability and inclusive development prospect in the Shama and Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis”.

It brought together traditional rulers, queen mothers, opinion leaders, gender advocates, persons with disability and youth groups, as well as some duty bearers to respond to the concerns raised by the people.

The stakeholders indicated that the repulsive attitudes of such “ill-mannered nurses” often resulted in worsening medical conditions of clients.

The participants also complained that some health facilities charged them unapproved fees despite presenting their NHIS cards for medical attention.

Madam Joyce Bagyina, the Sekondi-Takoradi Director of Health, reacting to the issues raised by the participants, said her outfit had received many complaints regarding nurses’ attitudes towards clients, and said the Health Directorate had sanctioned those found culpable after investigations.

She gave the assurance that the health directorate would continue to institute measures that would enhance the quality of healthcare to the citizenry and, therefore, entreated those suffering abuse from health workers to lodge a complaint with the directorate for the necessary investigations.

Responding to the allegation of illegal fees being charged by some public health facilities, Madam Bagyina said GHc 2.00 was demanded from clients to cover  the cost of utilities, adding that it  was approved by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service.

She said the directorate would soon establish a Community-Based Health Planning Service (CHPS) compound at Kokompe, to  serve residents of Adakope and its nearby communities.

Other concerns raised by the participants included undue delay by some waste management contractors to evacuate refuse containers, illegal mining in water bodies, bad road network to some farming communities and irregular flow of water to some communities as well as the non-availability of drugs at some CHPS compounds in the metropolis.

The stakeholders’ engagements formed part of the NGO’s objective to ascertain citizens’ concerns regarding the effects of the oil and gas production and other socio-economic issues in Sekondi-Takoradi and Shama.





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