Upper East Regional Hospital to lose five doctors

From Godfred Polkuu, GNA

Bolgatanga, Feb. 8, GNA — Dr Patrick Atobrah, the Acting Medical Director of the Upper East Regional Hospital, Bolgatanga, has said five out of the 10 doctors in the facility have plans to go for further studies, which might impact healthcare delivery.

The 10 doctors, including 10 in Cuba, provide solutions to a population of about 2.6 million people in the area and requires referral cases from facilities within the area and a few portions of the Northern Area.

Dr Atobrah disclosed this at the opening service of the Hospital’s two-day Performance Review for 2017, which can be an avenue for staff to discuss experiences and chart the way forward.

He explained the time under review hadn’t been easy, adding “In the past couple of years, we’ve lost two surgeons that needed to upgrade their skills at the Ghana College of Surgeons. In addition we lost our gynaecologist to another institution, so nearly our level of human resource has been going down.”

Dr Atobrah stated the Pharmacy Department was under-staffed inducing congestion as clients had to wait for long been served and who forced the Hospital to use part of its Internally Generated Revenue to participate more specialist hands to assist.

He said the initiative had decreased the financing of the Hospital, including; “Our financing are very much struck by these expenditures away from the direct cost for those sufferers”.

Mr Joshua Abanga, the Deputy Director of Nursing Services, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, advocated physicians, notably Community Health Nurses, to followup on health cases such as Tuberculosis (TB) and the Human Immune Virus (HIV) in the various communities Rather than waiting for the patients to visit them.

“We have been given a goal of about 2.7 million out of the populace to screen for HIV and send for therapy, if we want to sit down into our comfort zones and wait for the people to come, we can never satisfy our goal of 90-90-90 by the year 2020, we must visit the people,” he explained.

Mr Abanga predicted on all health facilities in the nation to intensify screening exercises at their different entry points.

“we will need to do a great deal of screening for both the TB and HIV. On TB clients’ section, we must direct them. We should not just screen them, find the cases and permit them to move home, we’re not going to be meeting our goal of 90-90-90 to get HIV when we would like to go this way,” he explained.

He advised that the physicians to be of good behavior to patients including that measures were being set up to field nurses that showed disrespect to clients at the center.