Health News of Thursday, 16 August 2012
Dr. Joseph Kojo Tambil, Medical Superintendent in-charge of the Kade Government Hospital, has appealed for support to solve the infrastructure deficit, especially bed capacity in the hospital.
He said the facility, which was established in 1962 as a health center, was upgraded to a hospital status in August 2005, but the infrastructure still remained the same.
Dr. Tambil, in an address at the half year performance review of the hospital on Thursday, cited as an example the situation where three to four babies shared one bed due to inadequate beds at the facility.
He said despite those challenges, management was determined to make the hospital one of the best in the country to provide quality curative and regenerative health care to the people of Kwaebibirem Municipality and beyond through the use of modern, evidence-based methods of health delivery.
Dr. Tambil gave some indicators of the period under review as average monthly OPD attendance 5,914, average daily OPD attendance, 195, average monthly admissions 478, average daily admissions 16, average monthly deliveries 129, four average daily deliveries and 38 average monthly operations.
He said the top five causes of admissions in the male ward were Malaria, Gastroenteritis, Hernia, Hypertension and Pneumonia.
“Top five causes of death include Gastroenteritis, Malaria, Meningitis, Septicemia and Pneumonia”, he added.
In the female ward, top five causes of admissions were identified as Malaria, Hypertension, Gastroenteritis, Diabetics Mellitus and Anaemia with main causes of death being Hypertension, Pneumonia, Malaria and HIV.
The maternal ward recorded 763 deliveries in 2012 as against 745 in 2011, supervised deliveries were 763 this year as against 745 in the previous year, maternal deaths were three in 2012 with 2011 recording two deaths.
Causes of maternal deaths were identified as Congestive Cardiac Failure, Amniotic Fluid Embolism and Vaco Occlusive Crises.
In the children’s ward, top five causes of admissions were identified as Malaria, Diarrhoea Diseases, Pneumonia and Febrile Convulsion with main cases of death attributed to Malaria, Anaemia, Congestive Cardiac Failure and Sepsis.