MANAGEMENT OF the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua is on course pursuing its short-term vision of a teaching hospital status and to be recognised internationally as a centre of excellence in quality healthcare delivery.
Currently, the hospital is ranked among the best regional hospitals in Ghana.
The laboratory of the hospital is also ranked among the few laboratories certified by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine in Africa.
Management of the Eastern Regional Hospital, led by the Medical Director, Dr Kwame Anim Boamah, is still working assiduously to upgrade the facility with world class equipment such as upper and lower GI endoscopy, laparoscopy and renal dialysis to improve healthcare delivery.
“We are looking at bringing in upper and lower GI endoscopy. In simple term, these are pieces of equipment that allow you to put a camera into the stomach to find out if there is any disease, cancer or ulcer. You can also put a camera into the intestines to see if there is any tumor or disease there. We also want to introduce renal dialysis, so that patients who have kidney failure can have dialysis from here.
“We also want to bring in laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is what you may call pin-hole surgery during which the surgeon makes tiny incisions to operate, so that big or long incisions are avoided. Patients recover fast and therefore it reduces length of stay in the hospital. So these are the things we are targeting now,” the Medical Director said in an interview.
He said inhabitants of the region deserve to have quality healthcare to reduce the hassle of shuttling to Accra for advanced healthcare.
The Eastern Regional Hospital has undergone tremendous transformation under the leadership of Dr Boamah, leading to improved healthcare delivery.
In an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE, clients of the hospital attested to the improvement in healthcare delivery over the years, but were more concerned about delays in attending to patients at the Out-Patients Department (OPD).
But according to the Medical Director, the situation was due to inadequate doctors at the hospital.
“It is a matter of the number of doctors. What a lot of people don’t know is that when we come to work in the morning, we have to first attend to those who are on admission because they are sick. So you have to finish the ward rounds before you come to the OPD, and that may be around 11 am, but people may have the interpretation that you are just turning up for work,” he noted.
He also said measures had been rolled out to improve the relationship between nurses and patients and also address ethical misconduct of staff through punitive disciplinary action.
The New Juaben Traditional Council and other development analysts have advocated the construction of a new modern hospital facility to replace the 90-year-old Eastern Regional Hospital built initially to serve only New Juaben Municipality to enable it to accommodate and provide quality healthcare to meet the exponential population growth in the region.