Available statistics from managers of the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua indicate that the hospital in 2013 recorded a shocking 1,157 abortion cases.
Out of the number, 574 were through a comprehensive abortion, with 373 and 210 being spontaneous and induced abortions respectively.
Notwithstanding this, the Hospital Director (HD), Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah described 2013 as a good year for the hospital. Addressing the media practitioners in Koforidua, last week Thursday, he said the hospital was adjudged the Best Regional Hospital in 2013 by the Ministry of Health.
He showered praises on his hardworking staff for the feat, but charged them to live above themselves in the discharge of their duties.
According to him, a daily average of 586 Out Patient Department (OPD) attendances was recorded in the year under review, with malaria cases contributing about 6.4 percent of the attendance.
Dr. Boamah said the highest cases, which led to death were strokes, with HIV/AIDS contributing 7.9 percent as the second deadly disease.
The hospital also recorded 51 maternal deaths with about 71.5 percent being referral cases.
On behalf of his colleagues, the Director of the Hospital resolved to ensure that the hospital would not record any maternal death in 2014 and beyond.
He further advised Ghanaians to be mindful about their health through regular medical check- ups or at least every three months to known their health status which would go a long way to reduce death.
He cautioned Ghanaians to reduce their salt, alcohol intake as well as smoking which have been identified as main factors of high blood pressure and its associated diseases.
Dr. Boamah has called on the Ministry of Health to post more specialist doctors to the regional hospital in the quest of providing quality and affordable health care delivery.
Despite the few renovation works that have been earmarked and executed by management of the hospital through Internal Generated Funds (IGF), management still called on the government particularly the health ministry for infrastructure support.
He further appealed to the general public, especially those who have their relatives on admission, to respect the visiting hours.
According to him, in most of the cases, people visit their patients at odd times, this development, he said, posed security threat to nurses.
He also thanked the media for their watchdog responsibilities for reporting and helping to improve certain best practices of the health sector and prayed that that the relationship was maintained.
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