We’ll save Jirapa Hospital: MoH
The Ministry of Health has said it is putting in place measures to supply items and materials needed by doctors and other health workers at the Jirapa Government Hospital in the Upper West Region to enable them do their work effectively, Robert Cudjoe, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health, has said.
According to him, access to quality health care in Ghana is key to the government and so all measures will be put in place to assist the Jirapa hospital and other hospitals across the country.
Mr Cudjoe’s assurance follows a revelation made by Dr Richard Wudah-Seme, the Medical Superintendent at the Jirapa Government Hospital that the hospital lacks the necessary equipment and tools to treat patients.
According to him, all departments of the hospital are not functioning while there are no drugs at its pharmacy for which reason patients are now asked to purchase their medications in town.
Dr Wudah-Seme, speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Wednesday June 21, stated: “For the whole of last month, the doctors and the nurses even have not had gloves to work with. The patients are, therefore, told to go and buy their own gloves to be used in treating them.”
He added: “The rains have started in this area and so malaria is on the ascendancy, but we have no drugs and items to treat the patients. We write the items for them to go and search in town to buy. We are in a very bad situation. Over the past few weeks, things have actually gone out of control, we can no longer manage the situation.
“As we speak there is not even a single drug in the hospital pharmacy, not even paracetamol. The pharmacy is very empty.
“At the peak of the day, we admit about 120 patients in the children’s ward, but as of now there is no single patient here because they don’t know when they should come to the hospital again when they can’t access any treatment.”