BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MINISTER of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mrs Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, has presented a blood-testing equipment, haematology analyzer, to the LEKMA Polyclinic during its 6th anniversary since it started operating.
The equipment, according to experts, is used to run tests on blood samples and also used in the medical field to do white blood cell counts, complete blood counts, reticulocyte analysis, and coagulation tests.
Mrs Quaye, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Krowor, within which the polyclinic is situated, while presenting her anniversary gift, said she was surprised by the innovative ideas being mooted by the hospital administrator and his staff despite development constraints.
“It marvels me the level of closeness with which Dr William Okyere Frimpong, the Hospital Administrator, works with his staff. I want to say ayekoo to the hospital. For six years, you have shown your worth and your commitment to duty.
“I know you have gone through so many challenges, but you never relented on your efforts and this is what we needed from all of us. You have been through so much and I am happy you are committed,” Mrs Quaye stated.
As part of the 6th anniversary celebration, a free health screening exercise held on the theme ‘Healthy Lifestyle for Economic Wellbeing’ was wholly funded by the MP. The anniversary free health screening was chaired by Addogonno Mantse Nii Addo Sassraku.
According to the MP, for close to about three years, “we have been working together and I must say that you have really done well and I must acknowledge that. You invited us for an expansion project and even though it is just a polyclinic, you wanted to improve on the health of the people by reviewing the original plan and it demonstrated your commitment.”
She said even though the expansion project had stalled after the sod-cutting in 2017, “we invited Tina Mensah, a Deputy Health Minister, to inspect it and very soon the contractors would come to site and work.”
Mother and child shed
The Minister said she was excited about the idea of creating of a Mother and Children shed for pregnant women, and led a delegation of hospital staff, the MCE, the Addogonno Mantse, Nii Addo Sasraku, who was the chairman of the event, to cut the sod for its construction to begin.
The hospital has also created a wellness centre to deal with people who have hypertension and diabetes.
Mr Bortey, the MCE, said an intervention would be made by the assembly to ensure that the polyclinic befit the status of the municipality and promised to support the creation of a CHPS compound in the municipality.
From 7000 uniques cases to 28, 000 in six year
Dr Okyere Frimpong, the administrator, said the hospital had moved from dealing with 7000 unique cases to 28, 000 within the six years of existence.
“Six years ago today we began clinical care for our first clients. And since then we have not looked back. We have moved from OPD to pharmacist, eyes and introduced scanned service for our pregnant women.
“We have provided marginal and child welfare and 22 community checkpoints and special check programmes for those interested. We saw 7000 of unique clients. Last year, we were doing 28, 000 unique clients for over 400% increase.”
According to him, the polyclinic has been a blessing to the people of Nungua and commends his staff for their sacrifices.
“Health care is a collaborative activity and when we have resources, we can do all,” he said.
Touching on the challenges facing the hospital, he said the Maternity ward, which is supposed to take 10 patients at a time, now accommodated 50 to the extent that some of the patients were sometimes compelled to come out into the Sun to create space.
He said there was greater responsibility on the facility now once it had been given a municipal status and therefore “we need expansion to move from 16- to 60-bed municipal hospital.”