The board members
The Central Regional Hospital has inaugurated a 10-member board chaired by the Managing Director of Airtel Ghana Limited, Philip Sowah.
Other members included Prof Harold Amonoo-Kuofi, Dean of the School of Medical Science at the University of Cape Coast, Dr Daniel Asare, Chief Executive of the Interberton Hospital, Dr Eric K. Ngyedu, Nana Prah Agyensaim VI, Emmanuel Adjei-Frimpong, Mrs Cecilia Duedu, Samuel A. Tieku, Bismark Attah Adjepong and Mrs Victoria Kakra Brown.
Inaugurating the board, the Minister of Health, Madam Sherry Ayittey assured Ghanaians that government would do everything to improve on access to quality health care in the country.
The Minister also advised the board to institute programmes that would ensure the development of the human resource base as well as the infrastructural development of the hospital.
She stressed on the need to train and retain more health professionals at all levels, adding that ?the shortage of health professionals has been a challenge for the country.?
Madam Ayittey called for the adoption of strategies to halt external as well as rural migration of health professionals trained at the expense of the tax-payer.
The out-going Central Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Sarpong said the upgrading of the hospital from regional to a teaching hospital was timely since it would help in the training of health professionals for the country.
?Government would ensure the provision of the needed facilities that would support the advancement of the hospital,? he added
Mr Sowah, chairman of the board, thanked everybody for the confidence reposed in them to serve the nation in that capacity and therefore promised their commitment in working to transform the facility.
?We are going to ensure that the hospital becomes a world class facility under our administration,? he said
The CEO of the Hospital, Dr Daniel Asare, mentioned the installation of 10 renal dialyses machines as well as the refurbishment of some facilities at the hospital as an important milestone for the facility.
?The hospital can only boast of only 400 bed capacity with 181 nurses which is inadequate. We will, therefore, call on the government to provide us with more staff and equipment,? Mr Asare added.
He revealed that the new MRI, CT scan and other facilities including two dental chairs were being installed at the hospital to promote total care.
From Sarah Afful, Cape Coast