Power fluctuation hampering health care at Tamale Teaching Hospital

Frequent fluctuations of power supply has resulted in the breakdown of equipment at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Dr Ken Sagoe, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, has said.

He said the situation, coupled with pressure on the Hospital’s aging equipment, had compelled the hospital to channel more resources into replacement and maintenance of equipment.

Dr Sagoe said this during the annual performance review of the Hospital on Thursday in Tamale.

The meeting brought together development partners and directors and staff from the hospital’s departments and sought to take stock of their performances in 2011 and deliberate on how to address challenges.

Dr Sagoe also complained about water supply to the hospital and said “We continue to hire water tankers all year round at very high cost even though in 2011 we constructed a 500 cubic meter underground water tank and laid a two- kilometer wide bore pipe line from the Ghana Water Mains.”

He said the TTH had established a Psychiatric and Mental Unit and would soon allocate a ward for the department.

He said the staff strength of the hospital had improved tremendously and that y there are about 100 doctors, 668 nurses and 59 laboratory technicians but the  X-ray department needed more personnel.

Dr Sagoe the hospital, in collaboration with Vodafone Ghana, would establish a computer laboratory to enable the staff to undertake on-line training.

Dr Sam Bugiri, a former Director of Public Health of the Ghana Health Service, said the provision of health services in the region had improved but more work needed to be done to ensure child and maternal health.

He urged the staff of the hospital to work hard to ensure safety and sound health care delivery in the region.

Source: GNA

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