Health facilities urged to do more on preventive health

By
Kwabia Owusu-Mensah, GNA

Ankaase, (Ash), Oct. 01, GNA – Mr Kwaku
Agyeman Manu, Minister of Health, has charged health facilities to intensify public
education on preventive health to help reduce the incidence of diseases and
ailments in communities.

He said sustained public education was needed
in local communities to help people keep their surroundings clean and avoid
lifestyles that put their health at risk.

Mr Agyeman Manu made the call in an address
read for him at the inauguration of Out Patients Department (OPD) and
Diagnostic Centre for the Methodist Faith Healing Hospital at Ankaase, in the
Afigya-Kwabre South District of the Ashanti Region.

The occasion was also used to lay a foundation
for the construction of dental clinic and nursing training school at the
Hospital.

The 250 capacity OPD complex has two theatres
and emergency wards while the Diagnostic Centre has a Mammography and other
specialized units to aid disease management and treatment.

All the projects were financed by the Hospital
through its Internally Generated Funds (IGF) and support from its partners
abroad.

Mr Agyeman Manu praised the Board and
management for the initiative to expand infrastructure and engagement of
specialists to provide specialists care to improve health care delivery in the
area.

He said the objective of the Ministry was to
provide quality health care to all people irrespective of their circumstances
and commended the Methodist Church for complementing government’s efforts at
improving the health status of the people, especially those in rural
communities.

Mrs Elizabeth Agyeman, Deputy Ashanti Regional
Minister, said the wealth of every nation was the health of its people.

He said the inauguration of the facilities
were a further demonstration of the commitment of the Methodist Church to
support the development of the country.

Mrs Agyeman said the establishment of the
dental nursing school would help bridge the human resource gap in the dental
health care in the Region.

Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, Ashanti Regional
Director of Health Services, praised the management and staff of the Hospital
for their hard work and dedication which had helped improved health care
delivery in the Kwabre area.

He, however, urged them to consider adding
emergency services, especially for children and women as well as the
construction of isolation wards and hostels for people whose relatives were on
admission at the facility.

Mr Joseph Atta Amankwaa, Chief Executive of
the Hospital, said the Hospital had been accredited to provide training to
health professionals both local and international.

He said the Hospital had in the last four
years expanded infrastructure and engage more specialist doctors and nurses to
provide holistic health care to the people.

Mr Amankwaa said the Hospital had spent about
GH¢2.2 million from its IGF to expand facilities to support health care
delivery in the country.

Right Reverend Christopher Nyarko Andam,
Methodist Bishop of Kumasi, who is also the Board Chairman of the Hospital,
said the Church was committed to ensure the growth and development of the
hospital to one of the enviable facilities in the Region.

He said the Church believed in holistic
ministry and would continue to work to support the government to provide
quality health care to the people.

GNA

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