The Princess Marie Louise Children’s hospital in Accra is appealing to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to increase the staff strength at the hospital.
According to the medical superintendent at the hospital, Eric Sifah, there is enormous pressure on the limited staff considering the number of children that need attention.
Mr. Sifah told Citi News, the need for extra staff is imperative for an effective 24 hour service for one of the few specialist children’s hospitals in Western Africa.
He disclosed that the hospital has staff strength of 310 members with 250 permanent staff and about 50 non-permanent staff.
This he noted “is not good enough because we see close to about 200 children every day and out of this staff strength, we have four permanent Doctors. Three of them are specialists and only one medical officer and six physician assistants.”
Mr. Sifah maintained that the staff number is “not enough to run a proper 24 hour service for the place.”
The night shift he added is equally packed with activities just as the day shift of other hospitals.
He spoke after the Member of Parliament for Odododiodio and Deputy Minister of Trade, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye presented 4 computers and a laptop to the hospital to improve record keeping.
By: Efua Idan Osam/citifmonline.com/Ghana