37 Military hospital needs retooling – Commander Saka
Brigadier General Ernest Saka, Commander of the 37 Military hospital, has said most equipment in the hospital have depreciated in value and require urgent replacement.
He disclosed this to the media when the Rotary Club, Accra, Labone wing, made a donation of wheel chairs to the hospital to support its operations.
According to him, the 37 Military hospital has been assumed to be self-sufficient years back, whilst the reality is that its condition is no better than that of other public health facilities.
“We also have our challenges; all our equipment is outmoded and they are breaking down every so often and this calls for furnishing of the hospital,” he told the B&FT. “This means the overhead cost and maintenance cost go up and some of the equipment are so important in our daily operations that, once they break down, it becomes extremely difficult to proceed with our operations.”
He further explained that, when the “Oxygen plant, for instance, goes off, then it means, all our theatres and other important machinery needed to run the hospital activities are all down and this could lead to losing many lives as a result,” he noted.
“Our hospital is a tertiary and referral hub, whereby patients are referred here regularly from both within and outside the country to seek medical care and if such a problem is hovering on our corridors, it rather sends a negative signal against the smooth administration of the hospital.
Most of the government hospitals in the country have been retooled probably not entirely, but at least partly, and we know of Ridge hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Korle - Bu and others who in diverse ways get support from government in one way or the other to boost their system and why should the 37 hospital not receive same in that regard?
The 37 Military hospital is a national asset because when all others are on strike, we still stand to our feet to provide health care to all cases that comes to our health table.”
Lack of accommodation for staff, he further indicated, is a major problem the hospital faces, leading to staff travelling long distances to work, which stresses them up and reduces the quality of care they give patients.
Another predicament of the hospital, he said, is that patients in terrible condition have to queue for hours before being able to access a toilet facility in the hospital due to the deplorable state of facilities.
He, therefore, called on government, as well as corporate entities and individuals to extend a hand of support to the hospital in every way possible, to help reduce the infrastructural challenges.