Regional News of Wed, 11 Feb 20043

Oda government hospital exceed revenue target

Akim Oda, Feb, 11, GNA- The Akim Oda Government Hospital generated more than two billion cedis and paid 90 million cedis tax to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last year.

The Principal Medical Officer in-charge of the hospital, Dr Emmanuel Tetteh Ashong, who announced this at an end-of-year party at Akim Oda on Wednesday, said the amount was 400 million cedis over the previous year's.

He said 30 million cedis of the amount was spent on the rehabilitation of the plumbing systems in all the departments as well as water tanks.

Dr Ashong said in order to improve upon emergency response capability, the hospital had established a VHT radio communication equipment at a cost of 34 million cedis, adding that "we have almost finished with the computerization of the hospital".

On problems confronting the hospital, he said they needed a stand-by electricity generator, more doctors and nurses, a laboratory technician, modern laboratory equipment and staff accommodation. He appealed to people who may fall sick not to hesitate to report at the hospital for treatment on time, adding that over 60 per cent of deaths which occurred at the hospital in less than 24 hours on admission were due to delays in reporting.

Members of staff who distinguished themselves last year were presented with various prizes which included three-burner gas stoves, pressing irons, blenders, set of cooking utensils, sewing machines and colour television sets.

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Dr Ashong won the "Best Medical Doctor Award".

Churches urged to use their pulpits to educate members to register Akim Oda, Feb. 11, GNA- The Birim South District Director of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Miss Margaret Konama, has called on churches to use their pulpits to educate their members on the need to register when the voters' register was re-opened.

She said it was the civic responsibility of all eligible voters to register and to vote in all elections and urged churches to support the voter registration education exercise and the forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

Miss Konama was addressing the closing ceremony of the "Women's Week Convention" of the Women's Fellowship of the Eastern Regional United Faith Tabernacle Church at Akim Oda on Wednesday.

The District Director, who spoke on violence against women called for abolition of all outmoded customs and cultural practices that negatively affect women to help achieve genuine gender equity.

Miss Konama urged women to aim at attaining higher laurels in education to be able to secure good jobs in future.

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The National President of the Women's Fellowship of the Church, Ms Lydia Farkye, appealed to women to use their resources to educate their girl-child instead of buying expensive clothes.

Ms Farkye urged women to imbue Christian teachings in their children to prevent them from falling prey to bad peer pressure with its attendant negative attitude.

The Akim Oda District AIDS Co-ordinator, Ms Vida Mann, who educated the members on the HIV/ AIDS pandemic, appealed to women to take educational programmes on the disease seriously, reminding them that they were more vulnerable.

She appealed to churches to devote part of their sermons to educate their congregations on the pandemic.

Source: GNA

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