"We can't even boast of one ambulance"- District Health Service Dir.
May 19, 2016 at 1:21pm
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Dr. Jacqueline Sfarylani, the District Director of Health Services in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region is calling on government to come to their aid in terms of the provision of necessary infrastructure and resources as the entire district cannot even boast of one ambulance to transport patients to receive timely and quality healthcare.
She made this and other challenges known to a team from the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the media who paid a verification visit to the Sege Health Centre to confirm the findings of a Rapid Assessment Needs conducted by the GHS from December 2015 to January 2016.
The assessment was to identify lapses in the provision of maternal, new born care and emergency care in 10 selected deprived health facilities in all regions of the country.
The findings revealed that basic supplies such as bag and musk for new-born resuscitation, chlorhexidine for cord care; elbow gloves, Vitamin K1 injection and chloramphenicol or tetracycline eye drops were not available to facilitate effective healthcare delivery for the new born has opened up on a number of challenges being faced by her team to deliver quality health services to patients in the district.
Passionate Dr. Sfarylani elaborated on what this shortfall coupled with the poor nature of roads in the district have led her team into doing.
“This deficiency allows us to resort to the use of public transport to convey patients in critical conditions who needed referrals. Patients in critical condition need to be positioned in a particular way to prevent movements but the roads are such that one cannot just help but to look on helplessly. In worst cases at midnight when public transports were not available, health personnel on duty have to use their personal vehicles to transport patients to the nearest facility and we do not even get our fuel refunded to us and this is not encouraging.”
In addition to these, the district, made up of Sege, Anyamam and Bornikope has at their disposal, only seven midwives and Sege, which is the largest sub-district, has three midwives with only one baby’s cot in the health facility.
The District Health Service Director also said even though the health facilities enjoyed power supply from the national grid, the main source of water to the facilities had not been connected to all the wards.
“Unfortunately, we are not getting frequent power supply and the only generator we have is also faulty. We are forced to use torch lights for deliveries in the nights when the power goes off,” Dr Sfarylani added.
Source: Ghana/Ourblurbonline.com/Patrick Teye Dasinor
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