The administrator of the Swedru Government Hospital, Mr. Tijani Khidir Saeed has denied in no uncertain terms media report that nurses at the hospital refuse to attend to patient and rather chart on their mobile phones whiles on duty.
Subscribers would recall that an Accra-based radio station last week reported that patients who visit the Swedru Government Hospital to access health care are not attended to by nurses on duty who rather resort to chatting on the mobile phones whiles at work.
But the administrator of the hospital, Mr. Tijani Saeed has come out to deny the report, describing it as a calculated attempt by the reporter to tarnish the image of the hospital to achieve his parochial interest, and therefore urged the general public to treat the story with the contempt that it deserves.
According to the administrator, the Hospital remains one of the health facilities with the highest per capital utilization than any of the hospitals in the Central Region, and that nurses who work there are taken through routine in-house education on regular bases, and does not think any of them would forego her duty whiles patients are there waiting for health care serves.
He further described as unfortunate situations where patients send Out Patients Department [OPD] cases to the emergency Unit and when they referred to the OPD they turn to accuse the nurses of refusing to do their work.
He however accepted that a nurses might have received a phone call whiles on duty, but stressed that no regulation debars that nurse to receive a phone call whiles on duty, arguing that a nurse could be called by a Doctor or Supervisory nurse who may need her service at that particular time.
He said it is therefore ionic for the reporter to have reporter the matter that nurses at the hospital are not doing their mandated job as stipulated by the ethics of their profession, without crosschecking the reality of the situation before carrying out the story.
By: Robert Ayanful