General News of Thursday, 13 September 2012
Source: Daily Graphic
The Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, Brigadier General Paul K. Kpornyo, has dismissed reports that the late President John Evans Atta Mills was transported to the hospital in a KIA van. He said the late President was brought to the hospital in an ambulance which had on board a doctor and two paediatricians.
The health personnel, he said, took care of the late President as the ambulance moved from the Castle until it arrived at the hospital.
Brigadier General Kpornyo stated this at the maiden graduation ceremony of the postgraduate students of Diploma in Project Design and Management (DPDM) in Accra yesterday.
The five graduates who completed the one-year programme were Lt Col. Gordon Appiah, Officer in Charge of the Neurosurgery Department of the 37 Military Hospital; Dr Edmund Asumanu, Coordinator of the DPDM programme at the 37 Military Hospital; Major Michael Antiaye, Officer in Charge of Chemist at the hospital; Mr Eugene Snyper, the Human Resource Manager of the hospital, and Major Kwame Adomako, the General Surgeon.
As part of the course, the graduands presented their DPDM projects on emergency in mortality, emergency in attendancy, employee turnover in the hospital and costing of pharmaceutical services.
They also identified some related health issues in the hospital and recommended redress, as part of the project.
The DPDM programme aims at providing health professionals in the country with the experience of designing and managing their own research projects on common local clinical or health-related problems.
It is anticipated that the programme would strengthen the multi-disciplinary research capacity within the hospital and improve graduates’ knowledge and expertise in educational techniques, as well as impact positively on locally important healthcare issues in the country.
Currently the programme runs at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi and the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
Brigadier-General Kpornyo explained that the hospital was called before the late President was brought in and that there were five doctors waiting for his arrival with the ambulance.
“The 37 Military hospital had always been responsible in taking care of the late President’s health,” he added.
The International Coordinator of the programme from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom, Prof. Imelda Bates, said there was the need to continue the programme in the hospital and advised senior officers and management to ensure that the programme was run yearly.
She advised the country’s hospitals to consider research as part of health delivery to enhance health care.