Former Ghana Health Service (GHS) Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Koku Awoonor, has instructed St Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Nkwanta, Oti Region, to carve out a place to become a center of medical care. specialty of the country.
He said the hospital could, among other things, consider care for kidney disease, adding “we now know the burden of kidney disease. We know how many people suffer from kidney disease, requiring dialysis at high cost. He said the location of the hospital was strategic for him.
Dr Awoonor, who was delivering the keynote address at the 50th anniversary celebration of Nkwanta St Joseph’s Hospital last Friday, said the hospital, in carving out this niche, needed to reinvigorate its health promotion efforts against diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cancers, mental illnesses, strokes, HIV, tuberculosis, diarrhea and road accidents which are currently killing more people.
Recalling his first visit to Nkwanta in 1992, Dr Awoonor said he was there for outreach to support and provide services as this became a weekly feature when he was stationed at St Mary Theresa Catholic Hospital in Dodi Papase as doctor in charge also of Kadjebi as district doctor.
critical health service
He said the many nights of critical health service referrals, the working hours spent traveling to Ho and Accra for drugs, logistics and supplies, the first emergency surgery undertaken in the ward OPD consultation of St Joseph’s Clinic which was followed by the design and construction of a theater to provide emergency surgical services yielded positive results.
He said that as the health of Ghanaians had improved over the past 50 years, it was also important to reflect on some of the critical indicators, saying that life expectancy had risen from 49 years in 1965 to 64 years old in 2021 when she was under five years old. mortality from 218,000 live births in 1960 had fallen to 47.5 in 2020.
For his part, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Jasikan, Bishop Gabriel Mantey, advised hospital workers to adopt modern ways of doing things, saying “avoid enslavement by your past; we have always done it that way and will continue to do it that way.
If you are a slave to your past, consider yourself a dead person.
For his part, the Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Dr. Peter K. Yeboah, said the country’s determination to achieve universal health coverage by 2030 called for partnership to address some existential challenges. that required St Joseph’s Hospital to reposition itself. as an elite hospital with the prospect and potential to impact the world.