Gushegu Gets New Hospital
2008-07-24 20:36:02This article has been read 749 times.The people of Gushegu in the Northern Region now have a district hospital.
This follows the inauguration of a GH¢ 24 million facility equipped with a mortuary, two operating suites and maternity, paediatrics, male and female wards.
The hospital would provide services in accident and emergency cases, dental treatment, prostethics, medical and surgical services, obstetrics and delivery services, and out-patient and in-patient services.
Inaugurating the new facility, the Health Minister, Major Courage Quashiga (rtd), called on management of the hospital to establish a "planned preventive maintenance programme’ to enable the people to derive maximum benefits from the facility for many years to come.
"This hospital is one of the best in the country and has been designed to provide quality services for the people of Gushegu on a sustainable basis," Major Quashigah stated.
The minister announced plans to refurbish the old Gushegu Hospital and convert it into the first National Regenerative Health and Nutrition Training Centre.
According to him, preliminary evaluation by his ministry had revealed that the incidence of malaria reduced significantly due to the introduction of the indoor residual spraying programme in Tolon-Kumbungu, Savvelugu-Nanton, West Mamprusi, Karagaand Gushegu between May 5 and July 12 2008.
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, announced that the government would soon provide 5 polyclinics at Chereponi, Kpandai, Karaga, Junga Tatale, to help improve
the health status of the people in those areas.
"This new hospital is a manifestation of the close collaboration that exists between the government and its development partners," he stated.
The Gushegu District Chief Executive, Mr Mahama Abukari, expressed concern about inadequate staff strength at the hospital.
"The doctor-patient ratio of 1:21,741 is not the best and as of now, we do not have a theatre nurse and an anaesthetist, which is a great challenge to surgical operation in the hospital," he said.
Mr Abukari howevr observed that since the hospital was opened to the public in February, this year, patronage had been encouraging with out-patient attendance increasing from 3,886 to 6,467 but stated that malaria remained the leading cause of deaths in all cases.