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"Improve on Facilities at Tamale Hospital" - CCAT

2006-09-15 00:01:11
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The Concerned Citizens Association of Tamale (CCAT) has called on the Government to widen the physical infrastructure and equipments at the Tamale Teaching Hospital to merit its status as the biggest and only referral Hospital serving the three Northern Regions.
The association also expressed concern about the delay in rehabilitation works on the hospital.

According to CCAT members, the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) governments had given a number of promises to expand the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), but the current situation and facilities did not befit its status.

This was contained in a statement written and signed by the CCAT President, Mr. Alhassan Basharu Daballi.

Mr. Daballi disclosed that, successive governments have paid a numbers of visits to the Tamale Teaching Hospital to identify the genuine situation and yet nothing has been done to continue the vision of General I. K. Acheampong who laid the foundation of the hospital.

He lamented that, the hospital, which serve as a referral center to the northern part of Ghana, lacked almost all the requisite hospital equipments and the necessary manpower. Adding, “Currently patience’s on the third and fourth floors of the main tower block have been relocated to temporary structures”.

Mr. Daballi disclosed that, “most of the equipments are obsolete, with the rest having completely broken down without any replacements. Worst of all, the hospital has no standby generator thereby creating serious operational problems in case of power outages”, he explained.

He emphasized that; the Hospital, which is in her 31st year, has not seen any major rehabilitation or a substantial improvement. The Chronicle has learnt that, students at the University for Development Studies (UDS) Nyankpala in the Northern Region spend over ¢2 billion annually for their clinical training due to the inadequate facilities at the Tamale Teaching Hospital and inadequate personnel to offer training to the students.

source: Chronicle

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