As part of measures to celebrate this year’s Universal Health Access Day which falls on December 12, 2021, the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital (ENRH) in the Western Region is organising a day’s ‘Open Day’ to open its doors to the general public for interaction and medical tourism.
The Hospital will showcase the new range of healthcare services now provided and offer free OPD and screening services including prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer; ear, nose and throat (ENT) services and eye screening among others.
Dr Nana Esi Gaisie, Planning Committee Chairperson of the event speaking on Spice Fm’s Adzekye Mu Nsem show noted that people were going to other regions for certain treatments when they could get them at the Hospital due to the lack of knowledge on the services offered by the ENRH.
She explained that this necessitated the event to be held on the 9th December 2021 at the forecourt of the Blood Bank to enable members of the public to acquaint themselves with the services available at the facility.
She said the initiative was the first of its kind and called for the support of the public and the benevolent society towards the event and to position the Hospital in a better condition to enable it to serve the public well.
However, she complained about the bad nature of roads around the facility especially, from the nursing training school to the nurses quarters and that of the OPD and Physio Department which makes it difficult for staff and patrons of the Hospital to ply.
Dr Gaisie, therefore, appealed to the Ghana Health Services (GHS), the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and the Metropolitan Authority (STMA) as well as corporate institutions to help put the roads in good condition.
Mr Peter Kwofie, Health Promotion Officer of ENRH announced that patrons at the event can inspect the facility and underscored the need for everyone to take advantage of the event so as to get explanations to some of their nagging questions bothering them over the years.
Mr Christian Baidoo, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of ENRH noted that healthcare was becoming expensive for the public hence, resorted to treatment from all sorts of facilities and practitioners and for that matter it was necessary to open up to the public for a free screening and to be exposed to qualified practitioners.
He opined that the Open Day will serve as an avenue to build relationships with doctors and nurses of the Hospital to be able to identify the substantive staff of the facility since quack doctors sometimes troop in there to dupe people.
He bemoaned the pressure on the Hospital’s infrastructure since it serves as a referral center for the region now though it was not built for such and expressed the optimism that the redevelopment as promised by the President would give the Hospital a facelift.
Touching on the gains made by the Hospital he announced that it entered into some Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreements which have yielded some positive results and have also introduced a Lightwave Information Management System (LIMS) which is helping in the area of digitalisation.
Mr Baidoo also bemoaned pilfering, indiscipline and issues of abscondment on the part of patients which leaves a lot of debt on the facility and makes it hard to recover investments made for growth and pleaded with the public to desist from such practices.