The Medical Superintendent of the Swedru Government Hospital, Dr Julius Abuku, has appealed to government through the council members of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to assist in expanding the maternity unit of the hospital.
According to him, the unit was not spacious enough to accommodate the number of cases at the facility.
Dr Abuku made the appeal at a staff durbar when the Regional Director of GHS and council members of the service, paid a visit to the facility, on Monday, to get first-hand information to find solutions to challenges facing the hospital.
Dr Abuku stated that the expansion of the maternity block would reduce congestion at the unit and also “allow free flow of nurse-to-patient care.”
In his view, the facility needed a replacement of its old equipment at the theatre and radiology department, stressing that “the old ones slow work and causes delays in treating patients.”
Dr Abuku stated that “The facility needs a digital X-ray machine as well to assist the department in delivering quality service to patients”.
He explained that the expansion of the block and provision of equipment would help the nurses and doctors improve on health care delivery.
Dr Abuku said regardless of the challenges, the facility has made tremendous gains over the years.
He stressed that the hospital has established a baby unit, to allow special care for new born babies with extreme medical conditions.
Dr Abuku said the facility has reduced maternal mortality rate by 60 per cent and hope to do more to save lives.
Council Member of the GHS, William Bonsu Frimpong, congratulated the staff for their selfless effort in providing health care for people.
He stated that a lot of human resource, equipment and infrastructure issues were gathered in the course of the tour, and pledged that the council would address the challenges.
Mr Frimpong condemned the behaviour of some health workers, and urged them to desist from negative practices.
The durbar discussed the welfare of the staff, accommodation, study leave, transfer grant and Ghana Health Service identification card.
Responding to the concerns of the staff, Regional Director of the GHS, Dr Mrs. Akosua Agyeiwa Owusu-Sarpong, pledged “to table the concerns before the appropriate authorities for redress.”
FROM TIMES REPORTER, SWEDRU