Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, Chief Executive of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, has called on journalists to go the extra mile to crosscheck issues that come to their attention before broadcasting or publishing them.
He said the media was an important tool which could make or unmake things happen and it was important for practitioners to always get their facts right and make accurate crosscheck of these facts before going public.
Interacting with a cross section of journalists in Kumasi, Dr. Owusu-Danso, pointed out that reporting on issues, especially those on public health, needed careful appreciation of the facts in order not to create fear and panic among the people.
He praised journalists in the Ashanti region for their continued support to the work of the hospital, which was the second largest referral facility in the country, to deliver quality health care to the people.
Dr Owusu-Danso, said though the hospital faced a number of challenges, it had chalked a number of successes in terms of infrastructure and health care delivery.
He said the hospital would by the end of January next year, installed two new sets of oxygen plants to replace the old one which had been a drain on the hospitals’ financial resources.
Dr Owusu-Danso said efforts were also being made to complete a hostel facility for relatives of patients on admission at the facility.
He called on the media to continue to offer the needed support to the hospital to help promote quality health care delivery to improve the health status of the people.