General News of Friday, 26 October 2012
The Management of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) has urged all presidential aspirants in the December elections to take a health check in view of the rigorous nature of their campaign.
The hospital maintained that most of the aspirants are beyond 40 years, and at that age, too much travelling around is not good for their health.
Professor Nii Otu Nartey, Chief Executive Officer KBTH, gave the advice when the presidential aspirant of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom called at the hospital to enlighten the management of the hospital on the party’s plan to upgrade facilities at the institution to meet current challenges.
The visit formed part of the PPP’s presidential candidate’s campaign tour of constituencies in the Greater Accra Region. The hospital is located in the Ablekuma South Constituency.
Prof. Nartey said it is extremely important that every presidential aspirant includes a physician specialist in his or her campaign team to regularly check for health anomalies.
“It is important and you all need to be healthy to withstand this rigorous routine as you criss-cross the country to canvass for votes,” he said.
Prof. Nartey said the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital is ready to provide the service free of charge to all presidential aspirants, adding that all they need to do is to place a call “and we will be at your service”.
He cited the case of a presidential candidate in the US who rescinded his decision to run for the presidency when he discovered after a medical check that he was not fit for that race, asking whether other politicians would emulate that example?
Prof Nartey called for stability in the country, calling on politicians to conduct their campaigns peacefully in order to maintain the stable environment Ghana is enjoying before, during and after the December polls.
Dr Nduom gave the assurance that the PPP would not negate the current peaceful atmosphere in the country and would always strive to engender unity even in diversity.
He said it is important that institutions of State are adequately recognise and commended the hospital for the sterling service it is providing.
The PPP presidential candidate assured the management of the hospital that when voted into power, the party would expediently ensure that the facility is given the adequate facelift and equipment upgrade to handle emergency cares.