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Tamale MHIS Owes Hospital GH¢1.4m

2009-06-16 19:46:55
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The Tamale Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) owes the Tamale Teaching Hospital about GH¢1.4 million. The Director of Administration of the Hospital, Mr K.K. Boakey who disclosed this to the Times yesterday said the indebtedness had put severe pressure on the hospital.

He said the hospital authorities were finding it difficult to get supplies of certain drugs and equipment for the hospital’s smooth operation.

Another hospital source revealed that many of the wards in the hospital, especially the children and surgical, wards lacked basic tools such as syringes and oxygen.

A nurse who spoke on condition of anonymity complained that there were not even surgical gloves in the maternity ward.

“As we speak, there are no gloves in the maternity ward for doctors to use” she indicated.

Further checks around the hospital revealed that many patients admitted to the hospital sleep on the floor.

For instance, window-nets are torn in some of the wards leaving the windows wide open both day and night with mosquitoes having a field.

Animals are also competing for space with patients and workers as a fence wall started some years ago has not been completed, this making it easy for sheep, goats and dogs among others to enter the hospital premises at will.

As a result of the hospital’s deplorable state, there or visit the facility for many residents feel reluctant either to send relatives medical check up.

Mr Osman Mubarik Abu, spokesperson for a group calling itself Consumer Protection of the North who visited a friend at the hospital described conditions there as nothing but a death trap.

He maintained that there was nothing in the hospital to merit its being called a regional hospital.

Considering the hospital situation, Mr Abu reminded President Mills on the need to fulfill the promise he made to the people to rehabilitate the hospital to merit the status of a teaching hospital.

He also called on all members of parliament (MP) in the Northern Region, particularly the three Tamale MPs, to work assiduously for the early commencement of work on the hospital.

The Hospital, which was built in 1970s, has since not seen any renovation in spite of several promises made by previous governments to rehabilitate it.

This has led to major structural defects of the facility.


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