Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has thrown a challenge to newly sworn in Health Minister, Alex Segbefia to invite the management of KorleBu Teaching Hospital and the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital to the St. Francis Zavier Hospital at Assin Fosu to learn basic techniques in ensuring cleanliness, best practices and orderliness to run their hospitals.
According to the Assin Central legislator, the situations at the country’s hospitals are a complete departure from the best practices in the Assin Fosu Catholic Hospital that has earned them the accolade as the neatest hospital in the entire country.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong who was speaking at the celebration of the Hospital’s 50th anniversary at Assin Fosu bemoaned the state of the country’s hospitals that worsen the sicknesses of many who go there to seek health care.
“I am proud to always associate myself with this Hospital. This hospital is by far the neatest hospital you can find in the country. I wish you (The Minister of Health) had brought along management of Korle Bu, Komfo Anokye, Koforidua, Cape Coast, and Tamale hospitals with you to witness the best practices here so that when they go back they can manage their hospitals better. I can tell you, if you go round this hospital you will agree with me, it is the neatest hospital you can find in the entire country. It takes just two Catholic Sisters to manage this facility”, he stated.
Kennedy Agyapong further averred, “sometimes, I ask myself why black people can’t do it without the help of the white people. It is sad, very sad. When you go to the various hospitals run by Ghanaians, the way they run it down. If you go to Korlebu, you can’t eat but I can go to every corner of this facility and eat comfortably”.
According to Kennedy Agyapong, several checks at hospitals across the country reveal deplorable situations that make patients uncomfortable.
“In all the places I have been to, the nurses are disrespectful and uncaring but when you come to the St. Francis Xavier Hospital, the nurses are different from the nurses at korle Bu and elsewhere in the country. I guess the mystery behind this better treatment here is discipline, passionate about what one does and sacrifice. They are doing fantastically well”, he indicated.
Health minister, Alex Segbefia paid a glowing tribute to the Catholic Missionaries for their foresight, fortitude and resilience in helping the Hospital to get this far.
He indicated his happiness to see the mission sector play active roles not only in spiritual matters but also in the social and economic development of countries across the world.
“Fifty years of missionary work combined with health care delivery in this community is highly commendable, however, it also implies that we are matured enough to ensure that we are not only useful to society but ultimately a blessing to the people we serve”, he stated.
The Minister of Health expressed his disquiet about what he describes as a rather disturbing phenomenon in the country where many rural dwellers do not have access to the services of qualified health personnel.
“it is for this reason that those of us charged with the responsibility of ensuring the total health development of our people to find it encouraging that as a mission you have been able to sustain a high level of health services in this area. I wish that during this period when you take stock of 50 years of active service, you find time to soberly reflect on the health challenges in this country and pray for wisdom and God’s direction to enable us deal with them”, he said.
The Vicar General of the Arch Diocese of Cape Coast, Rev. Fr. Ebow Blay cut a sod for a new maternal health block to cater for the over increasing maternal cases flooding the hospital.
In attendance was the Spanish Ambassador to Ghana.
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