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Hospital Needs a Doctor


2007-08-14 21:49:59
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Mr. Joseph Bolibie, the Wa East District Director of Health Services, appealed to the Ministry of Health to post a medical doctor to the Funsi Health Centre for quality healthcare delivery.

He said the lack of a medical doctor and ambulance service to take care of motor accidents, nakebites, complicated child delivery and other emergency cases had resulted in the deaths of many patients whose lives could have been saved.

Mr. Bolibie made the appeal at a two-day meeting to review the performance of health personnel, development partners and community chairmen of health facilities in the district, at Funsi.

The meeting was to offer health personnel the opportunity to review health delivery form January to June this year, as against set targets, share experiences and develop strategies for the rest of the year.

Mr. Bolibie expressed worry that patients had to travel from the district to Hospitals at Wa and Jirapa for medical care adding that the District Health Service did not have facilities to deal with
tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

He said diarrhoea was prevalent in the district because of the lack of potable water and poor waste disposal and that there were also a lot of snakebites.

Mr. Bolibie said the Service was working assiduously to reducethe high infant and maternal death rates by 50 per cent by 2008.

He said "We intend to reduce the infant mortality rate from 208 deaths out of every 1,000 births to 104 deaths per 1000 births.

Maternal mortality rate would also be decreased from five deaths per 1000 deliveries among mothers to less than one death out of every 1000 deliveries within the same period."

Mr. Bolibie appealed to the District Assembly to sponsor qualified persons to health training institutions for them to return to serve in
health facilities in the area.

He said the National Health Insurance Scheme patronage had increased to 21 per cent as compared to 14 per cent last year, and called for an intensive public education to encourage more people to embrace the scheme to improve their health status.

Mr. Peter Aminu, Wa East District Coordinating Director, said the Assembly had intended building 90 community-based health planning services to help improve health care delivery.

He said the Assembly has also planned to expand infrastructure at the Funsi Health Centre to enable it have a a medical doctor.

Mr. Aminu said the Assembly would provide 20 boreholes for some selected communities to supply the people with potable water at the end of the year to help reduce the incidence of water borne
diseases.

source: GNA

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