Tema General Hospital has only five doctors at maternity ward

The Gynecological Department of the Tema General Hospital (TGH) has five doctors made up of two specialists, two obstetric doctors, and one Gynecologist.

Mrs Elizabeth Dogbey, the Administrator of the Hospital disclosed this during a visit by Nii Armah Ashietey, Greater-Accra Regional Minister.

According to the Administrator, some of the doctors had left the Hospital without any reason, and attributed this to poor salary and a huge workload.

Mrs Dogbey mentioned the lack of accommodation and frequent water shortage as the major challenges facing the Hospital, adding that this had been a contributory factor for the doctors’ departure from the hospital.

She explained that the TGH had a vast stretch of land which could be used to construct buildings to accommodate staff of the hospital.

The Administrator appealed to the government to help address the issue of shortage of doctors at the Hospital.

The Regional Minister who was displeased about the deplorable state of the hospital, directed the Tema Metropolitan Assembly to start working on the mortuary.

The Minister said Tema was the industrial hub of the country, and needed a better Hospital to help address the health needs of the people.

He called on companies and other corporate bodies in the harbour city to come to the aid of the hospital.

According to workers at the Mortuary, due to the lack of adequate fridges and other storage facilities they were compelled to put the dead bodies on the bare floor.

Mr Robert Kempes Ofosuware, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, assured the Minister of the Assembly’s readiness to take up the issue as a matter of urgency, to build a new Mortuary for the Hospital.

The Tema General Hospital is the only Public Referral Facility in the Tema Metropolis which takes care of emergency cases from the Tema Polyclinic, Ashaiman, Dodowa, Ada and the surrounding communities, including private hospitals.

Available statics indicated that the Hospital records over 700 childbirths daily, over 9,000 deliveries annually, and over 800 OPD cases daily.

Currently, the Hospital has less than 50 doctors working at the various departments.

Source: GNA

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