As part of activities to mark this year’s Universal Health Access Day, the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital (ENRH) in the Western Region is set to hold an ‘Open Day’ for public interaction and medical tourism.
This year’s celebration would fall on Sunday, December 12.
The hospital would among other things showcase the new range of healthcare services provided and offered free including, OPD and screening services such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) services, and eye screening among others.
Dr Nana Esi Gaisie, Chairperson of the Event Planning Committee in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) explained the rationale behind the event and noted that people often traveled to other places to access health services that were provided at the hospital because they did not know that they provide such services.
She said the event, to be held on Thursday, December 09 would enable members of the public to acquaint themselves with the services available at the facility.
She complained about the poor road network in the facility especially, from the nursing training school to the nurses’ quarters and that of the OPD as well as the Physio Department which made it difficult for staff and patrons 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 Christian Baidoo, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the hospital said the “Open Day” would serve as an avenue to build relationships with doctors and nurses of the hospital and also help the public to identify the substantive staff since quack doctors and other people sometimes trooped in to dupe people.
He bemoaned the pressure on the hospital’s infrastructure as it served as a referral center for the Region but expressed the optimism that the hospital’s redevelopment as promised by the President would give it a facelift.
Touching on the gains made so far, he said the hospital entered into some Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreements which had yielded some positive results, adding that the Lightwave Information Management System (LIMS) was also helping immensely in the area of digitalisation.
Mr Baidoo complained about pilfering, indiscipline, and issues of abscondment on the part of patients which left a lot of debt on the facility and made it hard to recover investments made for growth and pleaded with the public to desist from such practices.
Mr Peter Kwofie, Health Promotion Officer at the hospital underscored the need for everyone to take advantage of the event to seek explanations to their nagging questions which had bothered them over the years.