Built in the 1950s as a health centre to care for the health needs of residents of Effiduase, Asokore and its environs, the Effiduase District Hospital in the Ashanti Region is yet to receive a major improvement in facilities.
This, according to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Effiduase Asokore, Frank Boakye Agyen is not in the best of taste as that is crippling the efforts of the largest government hospital in the area to serve its catchments more effectively.
“The hospital which serves a population of over two hundred thousand (200,000) needs updated facilities to function properly so as to ease pressure on Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and as well serve all inhabitants around effectively…,” he said.
Despite the lack of funds to provide modern equipment to the hospital, administrators through their Internally Generated Funds (IGF) have been able to build major facilities in the hospital and also acquire other equipment to ease their work.
These facilities, the MP mentioned as a supplementary question to the Minister for Health, Ms. Sherry Aryittey during her visit to parliament to address questions addressed to her Ministry, include: an eye, dental and psychiatry clinics and an ultra-modern mortuary, which were all provided without government assistance.
He therefore urged the Ministry to help provide x-ray, ultrasound machine, autoclave machine for sterilizing materials before use, a generator and also increase the bed facilities in the hospital to a hundred and fifty (150) to improve the work of the hospital.
However, the Minister, in her response said government would provide these when the necessary funding becomes available.
“It is the policy of the Ministry of Health to provide all districts in the country with a district hospital. In pursuance of this policy, the Ministry shall provide the Effiduase district with a befitting Hospital when funding becomes available,” she said.
This answer in the view of the MP was not satisfactory hence insisted the Minister provides further details which caused Ms. Aryittey to call on the MP to provide a list of the items needed to her ministry, something the MP said would be done in the shortest possible time.
Hon. Boakye Agyen further promised his constituents that he would do his possible best to champion their needs and get the best for the hospital which serves their health needs.