Story: Robert Ayanful, Agona Asafo
The management and staff of Agona Asafo Health Centre in the Central Region have appealed to the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to help provide toilet facilities for the Center, as the lack of it poses a difficult challenge to the staff, visitors, and patients on admission.
A visit to the Center by News Ghana showed only one toilet facility shared by the whole staff and patients, as visitors who go to see their families on admission must find their means when they want to attend nature’s call.
According to the staff, they are often verbally abused by some visitors who find themselves in such situations.
The problem is more precarious at the Out Patients Department (OPD) and the Reproductive Child and Health Unit ( RCH), where uncompleted toilet facilities, without cistern, seat, bowl, or base, now serve as storage rooms for unused materials. According to the hospital staff, this is due to the failure of the building contractor to complete work on the lavatory.
The call also revealed visible cracks in parts of the structures, as the building does not merit a health facility – there have been no paintings since its establishment twenty years ago.
More worrying is the lack of a fence wall to protect both the Center, the staff, and patients from any possible attack by an intruder, particularly during the night, as it is located right beside the main road.
Readers will recall that recently, the management and staff of the Center appealed to the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and benevolent individuals and organizations to come to the aid of the Center by renovating and expanding some of the wards to be able to accommodate more patients, some of whom are often referred to the Swedru Government Hospital because of lack of space and beds.
They also called for possible relocation of the facility, as its current location is surrounded by high-tension electrical cables which will pose a grave danger to any major expansion works in the future.