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Health News of Sunday, 1 February 2009


Tamale Teaching Hospital "Weeps"

The Tamale Teaching Hospital is in a complete state of dilapidation, with heavy cracks developing on the buildings. Since its establishment about 36 years ago, the hospital has not witnessed any meaningful rehabilitation, especially in physical structures and medical equipment. It has only 34 doctors, instead of the required 120 doctors, while struggling to maintain very few midwives who are undergoing serious stress due to the high turnout at the maternity ward. FIILA News has gathered that, majority of women who deliver at the facility face a lot of problems as they usually sleep on bare floors within and outside the ward with their babies at the mercy of mosquitoes and other insects. The ward also has limited beds, mattresses and mosquito nets coupled with poor ventilation. Besides, the ward does not befit the status of a teaching hospital. In an interview, Madam Christiana Keji, Midwife Superintendent at the hospital, complained about the congestion at the maternity ward in particular and called for more beds and mattresses as well as the expansion of the ward. Similarly, the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr. Ken Sagoe in an interview said, the introduction of the Free Maternal Care, even though did not come with its corresponding facilities, it has been very positive to the poor Northern women and urged the President Mills-led government to endeavour to sustain it. Dr. Ken Sagoe was however not happy with the limited number of personnel at the hospital, and called for more hands and the establishment of a midwifery centre to train more midwives for the hospitals in the region.