CDS inaugurates two boards

Accra Aug. 24, GNA – The Chief of Defence
Staff (CDS) Air Marshall Michael Samson-Oje has inaugurated two boards at a
ceremony in Accra.

They are the nine-member Military Hospital
Advisory Board and the seven- member 37 Military Hospital Nursing and Midwifery
Board of Governors.

The Military Hospital Advisory Board has Rear
Admiral P.K Faidoo as its Chairman while the 37 Military Hospital is chaired by
Air Commander J.S.K. Dzamefe

Air Marshall Samson-Oje paid tribute to all
past commanders and officers and staff of the hospital on whose shoulders they
had stood to extend the reach of the 37 Military Hospital in the provision of
health care.

“High Command applauds the efforts of the
Ghana Armed Forces Medical Services in providing medical care for our troops
and families and also putting its priorities within government’s development
agenda.”

Air Marshall Samson-Oje said he was mindful of
the challenges facing health care service delivery in the Ghana Armed Forces
medical Service and the importance of addressing them.

He assured the two boards that the High
Command is doing all it could to ensure the resolution of those thorny issues.

The CDS therefore charged them to “discharge
their duties with dispatch and be guided by the charter underpinning the
establishment of their boards.”

According to him the board had been charged to
co-ordinate, monitor and promote the activities of the Hospital and the Medical
reception stations.

He said the board has to monitor the
professional, technical and administrative matters affecting the hospital to
ensure financial accountability at all levels of the Hospital.

Air Marshall Samson-Oje implored the board to
work to improve health care and turn out quality products from the Nursing and
Midwifery Training Institutions.

Brigadier General Ralph Kojo Ametepi, the
Director of Medical Services said the 37 Military Hospital had expanded over
the years and had now been designated as the National Disaster Hospital with
the medical reception stations being upgraded to District Hospitals.

“This has not been without challenges in terms
of human resources, infrastructure and equipment among others,” he recounted.

To this end, Brigadier General Ametepi, said
efforts are being made to address the human resource deficiency with the introduction
of Special medical Intake and direct recruitment of medical personnel to
training centres.

He said the Nursing and Midwifery Training
School, which started as a training school for orderlies has been transformed
into an accredited tertiary institution affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology.

“Plans are far advance for the school to offer
degree programmes. The new board has the task to ensure that the dream of
having a degree awarding institution becomes a reality,” Brigadier General
Ametepi said.

Rear Admiral P.K Faidoo, on behalf of the two
boards thanked the CDS for giving them the opportunity to serve.

He recounted that the stride achieved by the
37 Military Hospital had not come by chance rather through hard work and
dedication.

He said the boards would work as a team and
carry out their task assiduously to achieve the vision of the Hospital.

GNA

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