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Illegal Hospitals Mushroom In the Northern Region

2006-08-10 19:46:54
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THE Northern Regional Health Directorate has expressed concern about the mushrooming of illegal clinics and hospitals in the region.

It noted that some unlicensed persons who have turned their homes into clinics and hospitals, are performing duties that are far above their operational areas and mandate.

Ibrahim Issah, Deputy Director of Public Health, in charge of Administration, expressed the concern here on Tuesday at the mid-year review workshop of regional health workers and lamented that "ill performing" private health institutions are springing up rapidly in the region. He warned of an imminent disaster if nothing is done immediately to check the trend.

The workshop, organised by the Regional Health Directorate, to assess the health care delivery in the region, was attended by all the 18 district directors of health. to assess the health care delivery in the It also offered participants the opportunity to discuss ways and strategies of addressing the challenges confronting the health sector.

Mr. Issah also complained about the inability of the clinical unit of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to sanction non-performing private practitioners and advocated the decentralisation of the body responsible for licensing private clinic operators to ensure effective monitoring.

He noted that the current situation of locating the regulatory board in Accra is not helping in effective checking of facilities of individuals before granting them permits.

He said the long distance which often makes it impossible for officials to regularly check on the private operators is being exploited by some operators “ to do all kinds of dirty jobs at their institutions at the peril of clients.” He said due to lack of iregular checks most of the clinics, which were closed down had been reopened illegally by their owners.

The northern regional health director, Dr. Elias Sory said the absence of proper documentation and inadequate legal framework for GHS had militated against efforts to clamp down on such illegal facilities.

He explained that legally, the clinical unit of the service could not sanction non performing private practitioners and therefore called on the media to assist by educating the general public on the dangers of patronising such institutions.

On health care delivery, the district directors complained about the lack of adequate health professionals in the districts and appealed to the assemblies to sponsor more nursing trainees and bond them to return to work in the districts after completion of their courses.

Under the review, malaria was identified as one of the leading diseases in the region.

source: Times

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