Bishop of Koforidua Diocese, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, made the appeal in an interview with the media at Battor, during the joint launch of the 24th World Day of Sick between the Accra Archdiocese and the Koforidua Diocese at the Battor Catholic Hospital recently.
Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum’s call comes in the wake of numerous others, appealing to the Government and the NHIA to reimburse the health facilities for services rendered to subscribers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
“As a result of the undue delays by the NHIA in paying health facilities, since May last year, some hospitals are grinding to a halt,” adding, “This is negatively affecting health delivery across the country.”
“Do whatever it takes to save the situation, because the hospitals are suffering,” he appealed to the NHIA.
The Bishop who read Pope Francis’ message on the theme: Entrusting Oneself to Merciful Jesus like Mary: ‘Do whatever he tells you’ (John 2:5), explained the importance of the World Day of the Sick, and said the day was instituted by Pope St. John Paul in the 1990’s to raise awareness among health workers and the public on the need to be compassionate in sharing in the suffering of the sick.
Recognizing that health workers’ profession was a vocation, and a call to help alleviate the pains of the suffering sick, the Bishop charged them to make the care of patients of utmost priority. He, however, thanked health workers for their good works over the years and urged them to keep up it.
Very Rev. Fr. Francis Adoboli, Vicar General of the Accra Archdiocese, who chaired the function, underscored the need for individuals to value their health since it was critical for the development.
He said the Catholic Church has established health facilities to further Jesus Christ’s healing ministry to bring care to the many marginalised people in the society.
In a welcome address, Mr. Donatus Duncan Adaletey, Administrator of the Catholic Hospital, Battor, reminded health workers to extend love, respect and be compassionate to their patients, since they were important.
Mr Adaletey said times have changed and patients have become more enlightened due to the availability of information on the Internet, and warned health workers to guard against medico-legal issues because one big problem could cripple a health facility forever.
Calling for patients to be treated with dignity, the Administrator, who is also the Executive Secretary of Health in the Accra Archdiocese, urged health workers in Ghana, particularly those in Catholic health facilities, to always use words such as “welcome, thank you and sorry’ in their service. “In the face of capitation, it is only courtesy to patients that will attract them to patronise our facilities,” he added.
The Administrator announced a GHC 1 per month Leprosarium project and that some staff members of the Catholic Hospital were already contributing to support the inmates at the Ho Leprosarium.
Dr. Solomon Brookman, Medical Superintendent at the Hospital in a brief remark, said compassion was paramount in health delivery, and urged health workers to be compassionate, and be friendly to their patients.
At the programme, Madam Marie Helegbe of the Catholic Hospital Battor and Mr. Raphael Amuzu Dzameshie, of the Orthopaedic Training Centre, Adoagyiri-Nsawam, were rewarded for being the Best Workers for the Senior Staff Category in the Accra Archdiocese and Kofordua Diocese respectively.
Likewise Mrs. Emelia Amoah, of the St. Andrews Clinic, Kordiabe, and Madam Charlotte Aboagye of the Holy Family Nurses’ Training College, Nkawkaw were also rewarded for being the best in the Junior Staff Category, for the Accra Archdiocese and Koforidua respectively.
Source: Public Agenda
By Kwesi Yirenkyi Boateng