Health News Wed, 9 May 2012

MoH initiates policy to transfer specialists to district hospitals

The Ministry of Health is initiating a policy to transfer some of the specialist medical officers at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to district hospitals in the Ashanti Region.

The policy is part of measures being pursued by the ministry to make quality health care readily accessible to the ordinary Ghanaian at the district level.

The Minister of Health, Mr Alban S. Bagbin, who made this known when he paid a day’s working visit to KATH in Kumasi, explained that the policy to transfer the specialists was meant to strengthen the human resource capacity of the district hospitals.

He said that plans were far advanced for the government to provide district hospitals with the requisite medical equipment and supplies to enhance the operations of the specialists who would be transferred to work there.

“The measure is not only to motivate the specialists to accept posting to the district hospitals but also to decongest KATH and thereby enhance quality healthcare delivery in the country,” he explained.

The working visit provided a platform for Mr Bagbin to have fruitful interactions with the board members of KATH to make it possible for him to have first-hand information on the challenges confronting them and the measures they were devising to address those challenges more meaningfully.

It also afforded him the opportunity to inspect the ongoing 1,000-bed capacity Mother and Child Unit at KATH which started in 1974 but is yet to be completed due to inadequate funds.

When completed, the unit will be equipped with a theatre, paediatric and obstetric and gynaecology units.

While expressing concern over the massive congestion at KATH, Mr Bagbin said the situation was seriously undermining quality medical care.

“The KATH was primarily established to receive referral and emergency cases, but due to inadequate medical officers at the district level, all manner of minor cases are rushed here, thereby creating massive congestion which undermines quality healthcare delivery,” he said.

He pointed out that the policy of transferring specialists and equipping district hospitals would soon be replicated in other parts of the country to sustain quality healthcare delivery.

On the measures being taken to enhance quality health care at KATH, Mr Bagbin said the government had released sufficient money for the purchase of essential medical supplies and drugs for the hospital.

He said two generators had also been installed to beef up the supply of power, especially during power outages at the hospital, while eight tanks had been installed to supply water to parts of the hospital that did not receive regular water supply.**

Source: Daily Graphic