Medical Director for the Tema General Hospital (TGH), Greater Accra Region, has said that government should honour Tema with a state of the art hospital.
Such a modern hospital, Dr Kwabena Adusei Opoku explained, would be able to meet the daily increasing health services clients were expected to be provided with.
He said, “Renovating the existing dilapidated structures is not the solution the referral hospital needs, except a hospital like the ones government is putting up at some districts and Ridge.”
Dr Adusei Opoku told a section of the press at a Presidential Ball and Fund-raising Dinner in aid of the TGH incinerator project by the Rotary Club, Tema, that he was disappointed when he was posted to the Tema premier hospital one and half years ago.
The facility was not fit for a hospital, he indicated, explaining that the infrastructures had outlived their age with deep cracks on the walls and floors.
The hospital has large acres of land and so he wondered why government could not build a modern hospital that could eventually upgrade it to the status of a teaching hospital.
“There are many challenges at the hospital, including some new mortuary which, for me, has become a useless beautiful edifice, to say the least,” Dr Adusei Opoku said rather softly.
The TGH had two incinerators, unfortunately, both were gutted by fire couple of years ago and considering the cost in reconstructing a new one, the TGH had engaged the services of waste collectors who collected their medical waste.
Dr Kwabena Adusei Opoku, however, described the engagement of the services of the private waste collectors as risky to their health and that of others, therefore, he said the move by the Tema Rotary Club to build a new incinerator for the TGH was a laudable one that all corporate bodies and philanthropists need to support them financially.
The construction of the new incinerator was estimated at GH₵100,000 and so for his part, the president of Tema Rotary Club Mark Dei explained that it was a major project the Club considered dear.
The Club decided on the incinerator on a request by the TGH, he said, “and since it is a hospital that is so dear to us, we have decided to raise the needed money to carry out that project.”
The cost is huge and so it could not be borne by the Club alone, therefore, Mr Dei appealed for financial support from individuals and corporate organisations.
The guest speaker on the night was Nana Ato Dadzie, a legal practitioner, and he was full of praise to the Tema Rotary Club for charting a worthy cause.
He said the charitable attitude and sense of love for one’s property the Rotary Club had been demonstrating should be imbibed in the youth on whose shoulders the future of the country rested.
He donated GH₵5,000 for the project.
Story by Inusa Musah /Tema