Health News of Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Source: Graphic Online
The management of the Akuse Government Hospital in the Lower Manya Krobo municipality has sent a distress call to the Ghana Highways Authority and the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly to rehabilitate the one-kilometre road from the Akuse VRA Junction to the Akuse lorry station. Briefing the Daily Graphic on the problems of the hospital at Akuse, the Medical Superintendant, Dr Ahmed Sulemana Tijani, said the number of miscarriages and premature deliveries the hospital recorded as a result of the poor state of that stretch of road was alarming and called for an urgent redress of the situation.
He explained that averagely, the hospital recorded 280 antenatal cases, with 20 miscarriages and 10 pre-mature deliveries every month, a situation which was worrying to the hospital’s management.
According to Dr Tijani, the hospital receives patients from both far and near, including Somanya, Odumase-Krobo, Asutsuare, Osuwem, Volivo and Torgome.
Dr Tijani explained that most of the pregnant women had premature deliveries, coupled with neonatal deaths, all because of the bad nature of that stretch of the road. He said the vehicles bounced in the deep potholes on the road whenever patients were being transported to the hospital, thereby worsening their plight.
He added that if that stretch of the road was repaired, it would reduce the high neonatal and maternal mortality rates and number of miscarriages.
Dr Tijani noted with concern that there were occasions that pregnant women who attended antenatal got back home worse because of the nature of the road.
He added: “If the maternal and child health issues we have been preaching is really dear to our hearts, then we need to take this short stretch of the road more seriously.”
Dr Tijani also touched on the hospital theatre. He said the multi-purpose single room theatre built in 1922, had not seen any renovation and expansion ever since.
He said the small single room theatre served as changing room, scrub room, recovery ward, as well as operation theatre, which was not good enough, considering the number of patients on hand.
He said the theatre was outmoded and the number of patients was too much for it and added that there was no emergency ward and there were only six beds in the maternity ward, with many pregnant women lying on the bare floor, a situation which Dr Tijani described as dehumanising.