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District asssemblies urged to support health sector

2008-08-20 23:03:56
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The Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching hospital, Dr Ken Sagoe has called on the various district assemblies in the Northern region to team -up to produce indigens as medical doctors as a long term measure to enable the hospital respond effectively to the health needs of the people.

In an interview, Dr. Sagoe described the state of the hospital as serious and called for immediate steps to save the situation.

On strategies that could provide long term solution to the problem, Dr. Sagoe said all district assemblies in the region must collectively assist in providing accommodation.

He as well called on private landlords to help provide decent accommodation for rental by the hospital.

He added that the various assemblies should, as a matter of urgency identify and encourage indigens studying medicine and other health related courses and sponsor students for medical studies at the University for Development Studies.

He observed that such doctors, trained within the environment , develop a sense of belonging and therefore come out prepared to work for their people .

He out lined the major problems as lack of human resource which he linked to lack of infrastructure such as decent accommodation and the scare of conflicts.

The Tamale hospital CEO lamented the plight of babies and children under the current situation, saying it was very disturbing .

He indicated that beyond Kumasi , there were only three physicians with one stationed at Jirapa and the two in Tamale.

Dr Sagoe mentioned that just last month the children’s ward recorded 18 deaths out of 305 admissions and half the 18 deaths occurred within a day.

Noting that recently five specialists were posted to the hospital and only one has so far accepted the posting and attributed the development to lack of accommodation.

Meanwhile the Tamale Teaching hospital has finally been given accreditation to train medical students of UDS as part of the upgrading promised by government.

This was announced by the Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Elias Sory, who also complimented Dr Sagoes request , employing chiefs and district assemblies to invest in the health sector, especially through the provision of private houses that can be rented out to health officials who have been posted to their communities.


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