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Health News of Sunday, 11 May 2014

Source: Graphic Online

Minister pledges support for Central Regional Hospital

The Central Regional Minister, Mr E.K.T. Addo, has assured the staff and management of the regional hospital of the readiness of the Regional Co-ordinating Council’s (RCC) to assist them in their operations.

Addressing a durbar after a familiarisation tour of the hospital, he said the council was aware of their infrastructure and welfare needs, and pledged to assist them.

“I assure you that we will do everything in our power to resolve your challenges and allow for smooth operation of the hospital,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr Daniel Asare, said the hospital had put in place several interventions to make the place the preferred choice.

He, however, expressed concern over the inability of some patients to pay for the dialysis services, and appealed to the general public to create a dialysis or renal fund to assist those who could not pay for such services.

Explaining how the dialysis centre works, the head of the centre, Mrs Irene Allotey Jacobs, said there were patients who could not afford one session of the dialysis which cost GH¢150.

“If the person cannot afford, it means that person will go home and die”, adding that some of the patients were as young as 17 years.

After the tour, Mr Addo met some members of staff who presented their challenges to him. Some of the staff raised issues of encroachment on the hospital’s land, water shortage, absence of a mother’s hostels and regular supply of electricity.

At the meeting, Mr Addo expressed satisfaction with the progress of development at the hospital.

He expressed his delight that the hospital had become a complete teaching hospital, saying that it was a challenge to the staff and management of the hospital to go the extra mile in the performance of their duties.

Mr Addo also told the staff to handle the medical equipment with care

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