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Regional News of Sunday, 15 July 2018


Jejeti Health Center shut down after devastating flood

The Jejeti Health Center in the Atiwa District of the Eastern Region has been temporarily shut down following a devastating flood that nearly submerged the facility.

The incident occurred Thursday after several hours of torrential rainfall in the area.

The flood waters entered almost every ward and department of the facility destroying medical equipment, patients folders , Health Insurance claims records,computers, refrigerators,cars among many other properties of the facility, but no casualty recorded.

Nakinpaak Napoleon, Physicians Assistant in charge of the Jejeti Health Center told Starr News ” There was a heavy downpour so around 8:30 then the place started flooding so by 11pm getting to midnight the place flooded. All our patients’ folders have been carried away , other document and then the drugs especially the oral drugs, everything is destroyed including most of the equipment we use in the facility”.

He added that “almost all the wards have been affected but most affected are the antenatal ward, the maternity wards and the stores where we keep our drugs.Then where we keep our health insurance document, even last month claim and this month’s claims prepared have been washed away”.

According to the In-Charge of the facility, officials of Ghana National Fire Service and National Disaster Management Organization have visited the health center to pump out flood waters stagnated at the wards.

Meanwhile,the Atiwa District Health Directorate has been notified about the incident with request to provide some essential drugs to enable the facility attend to resume work but recommends for relocation of the facility which he says is sited in a waterlogged area.

Officials of the National Disaster Management Organization in the District say the Thursday night downpour has displaced 50 residents in the community, affected some schools and carried away cooking items of a caterer of school feeding program.