General News of Thursday, 7 February 2013

Source: myjoyonline

Water, power rationing affecting healthcare delivery

The ongoing water and electricity rationing is taking its toll on some health facilities in the national capital, Accra.

The Ghana Water Company introduced the rationing last week because of faulty machines.

The problem is compounded by the ongoing load shedding in the capital and other parts of the country.

Joy News’s Beatrice Adu took a tour of some of the health facilities in the capital to find out how they are coping with the situation. She described the situation as worrying.

She said frustrated maternity ward attendants at the Kaneshie Poly Clinic could not hide their disgust at what is going on.

Some of them were so angry because there was no water to clean the blood of a woman in the ward who had bled profusely after delivering her child at midday.

She was taken round by some of the nurses so she could see for herself how precarious the situation is and the heavy toll the water rationing is having on them

The hospital administrator, Madam Francisca Sefakor Kumahor also said the facility had spent six hundred Ghana Cedis on fuel for the Poly Clinic’s power generator this week alone.

“As for water, is another thing all together,” she told Adu.

At the Maamobi General Hospital, the situation was no different.

The administrator Joanita Da Pilma told the reporter that the hospital had spent over one thousand, five hundred Ghana Cedis since November last year to supply their own power and their equipment are also breaking down.

She added that for water, the service provider had never bothered to provide some for them for a decade now.

The Deputy in charge of the Princess Marie St. Liouse Children’s Hospital Dr. Isaac Abban said because of the erratic power supply, the facility is using its scarce resources to repair equipment.

At the Adabraka Poly Clinic, officials told Joy News electricity goes off at least five times a day making sterilization of equipment used for the day difficult. Again the low current the entire hospital endures has made the work unbearable.

So for how long will this continue? When will these power and water issues be a situation of the past?