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Health News of Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Peki Government Hospital cries for help

Staff and patients of the Peki Government Hospital in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region have bemoaned the deplorable state of the hospital.

According to them, the hospital which was established in the 1950s has not seen any major rehabilitation except for some minor developments.

The hospital which lies in a strategic location along the Eastern Corridor highway does not have a well-equipped accident and emergency unit that can take care of the diverse serious cases it receives daily.

They added that although the hospital’s location makes it possible for them to serve parts of the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region, South Dayi, North Dayi and the Hohoe District, there is still a lot of facilities and infrastructure needed to make the over 100-bed capacity facility top-notch.

Lack of mattresses, poor road network, lack of bungalows for the over 200 staff, inadequate consulting rooms, among others, are some of challenges facing the hospital.

A nurse who spoke on condition of anonymity said the deplorable state of the hospital makes working in the hospital a herculean task. That, notwithstanding, they are committed in giving off their best.


It was, therefore, exciting and relieving for both staff and patients when three organisations came together to donate about 51 mattresses to replace the worn-out ones which have not been changed in several years.

The mattresses were donated by the Peki Union General (citizens of Peki living home and abroad), FREDMEF Group Limited, a building and civil /electromechanical engineering company and Team Diamond of Max International.

The donation was in response to an appeal made by the Medical Superintendent of the Peki Government Hospital, Dr Alphonse Makafui Dzakpasu. The representatives of the three groups promised to do more and called on others to also join in improving the facility.

Dr Dzakpasu, who received the items on behalf of the hospital, expressed gratitude to the three associations for their swift response to his plea.

He was hopeful that many other organisations and philanthropists would also come to the aid of the facility.