Temxa General Hospital (TGH), the only General Hospital in the Tema Metropolis is gradually entering into a debilitating situation which could lead to its total shutdown, due to lack of attention given it by the Government of Ghana. Several interventions by foreign investors to upgrade the Hospital to an International standard which subsequently necessitated various meetings at the Ministry of Health for the commencement of the project proved futile. Meanwhile, the lackadaisical attitude and conscious display of disaffection by the central government is continuously contributing to its current state.
The geographical location
The Tema General Hospital was built in 1954 to provide health care for workers who constructed the Tema Harbour. It was later handed over to the government for public use, and the geographical location of the Hospital, its surrounding road network and commercial nature of the Metropolis has made the Tema General Hospital one of the busiest in the country as it serves surrounding towns and villages. Its catchment area extends as far as Dangme West and Dangme East Districts, Tema Metropolis and its surrounding towns; Teshie, Nungua, Tema Newtown, Kpone, Ashaiman, Afienya, Kakasunanka, Appolonia, Dawhenya, Prampram, Klagon and the new springing communities like Lashibi, Sakumon and Community Twenty-Five, with a total estimated population of over 800,000.
The Hospital is the major referral point for all other Clinics and Hospitals in the Metropolis and the first port of call for most of the numerous Road Accidents, especially those that happen on the Accra -Tema Motorway, Tema-Aflao and Tema-Akosombo Roads and other road networks in the area. Apart from the Road Accidents being referred to as emergencies, labour wards are unable to accommodate enough Pregnant women at the same period of time, creating unnecessary queue and putting pregnant women and their unborn babies into danger. Other wards such as the Male and Female wards are of similar consequences and its quiet disturbing and needs immediate attention.
It is however noted that the Hospital is faced with serious challenges like poor and outmoded infrastructure, inadequate space and lack of equipment among other things. The Hospital was built about 65 years ago and has not had any major rehabilitation, though there has been some effort to expand some of the Units, but it is not enough to meet the required standard, considering the number of people who visits the Hospital frequently. Members of the surrounding Communities have raised concerns about the need for the government to swiftly move and hasten the proposed project ever since it called for the expression of interest to upgrade the Hospital.
Following invitation by the Ghana Government, calling partners to express interest in the upgrading of the Hospital in 2013, to promote quality health care delivery, Mr. David Carmely, the Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Group BV from Amsterdam, Netherlands, proposed to invest in the development of the Tema General Hospital into a first class Modern Hospital Complex and upgrade it to a 420 Bed capacity to supplement the existing ones. Having met the required demands of the relevant state agencies, the Premium Design of the Hospital Project was approved and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Government i.e the Ministry of Health initiated by the then Minister, Mr. Alex Sebgefia and Synergy Group in 2016,
Subsequently, the current Minister of Health Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu (MP) has been contacted and he has expressed his full support for the project per keeping the Finance Minister informed. However, the commencement of the project is in shambles.
We are calling on the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo to as a matter of urgency initiate a quick move to the Tema General Hospital to ascertain the situation and order for the commencement of the project as soon as possible. This is because residents around the Tema areas can no longer have the patients to wait whiles loved one are being killed by referring emergencies to Korle-Bu and 37Military Hospitals, just because Tema General Hospital is under resourced or lack the requisite equipments’ to cater for emergencies. The situation is getting out of hands and since Health care if paramount and cannot be eroded from any government’s policies and programmes, we expect the government to be proactive in dealing with the situation as quick as possible.
It is our hope that the government would be swift enough to respond to the debilitating situation we are going through in Tema.
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