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Tamale Hospital Takes Centre Stage

2006-02-10 12:09:10
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PARLIAMENT yesterday stressed the need for reconstruction of the Tamale Teaching Hospital for the effective functioning of the University for Development Studies (UDS) medical School.

This followed a statement in the House by Mr Haruna Iddrisu (NDC-Tamale South) on "The Sorry State of the Tamale Teaching Hospital and its Ramification for the UDS Medical School."

Mr Iddrisu said that the renovation and upgrading of the Tamale hospital the status of a Teaching Hospital since 1992 had to date, not materialized.

He said that the Hospital, which served as a referral point for four district hospitals ands health centres in the region, had experienced years of decline following the loss of specialist medical staff and deterioration of equipment and building.

Mr Iddrisu said that the Medical School at the UDS at Tamale Hospital, is now taking in its eighth group of students but lacks teaching and clinical facilities which are affecting student training."

He said that as a result of the poor state of the hospital, the medical school was denied accreditation and students who were ready to enter clinical training were transferred to the medical schools at Korle-Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals.

Elaborating on the problems of the hospital, Mr Iddrisu said "The X-ray Department has no functioning machine with others being cannibalized for parts. The hospital has not a single anaethestic machine. There is no theatre equipment either."

He said that the of the laboratory, was on the verge of collapse while other equipment was outdated and obsolete thus making patient care rather difficult.

He said lack staff accommodation had been a major hindrance to efforts at recruiting and retaining skilled staff, adding that the hospital lacked the services of specialists in infectious diseases, psychiatry, dermatology, urology, ear, nose and throat as well as a pathology.

In summary, he said, that since the establishment of UDS medical school, it has been deprived of the essential facilities, required for development into a centre of academic excellence.

Contributing, Mr Edward Salia (NDC-Jirapa) contributing, said that the Northern Caucus of Parliament was disappointed at the deplorable state of the hospital during a visit and urged government to speed up efforts to rehabilitate the facility.

Mr John Ndebugre (PNC-Zebilla) noted that the hospital served as a strategic referral point for people, mostly in the north.

noted that the hospital served as a strategic referral point for people, mostly in the north.
He suggested to the Parliamentary Committee on Health to undertake a working tour of the hospital and report their findings to Parliament for the necessary action.

Alhaji Abubakari Sumani (NDC-Tamale North), arged government to expedite efforts at rehabilitating the hospital.

Mr Felix Owusu-Adjapong, the Majority Leader, said the government was making efforts to rehabilitate the hospital and announced that the Minister of Health would brief the House on the efforts being made to that effect.

source: times

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