Private Hospital
Private Hospital

(Xinhua) ? But for the construction in 2010 of the China-Ghana Friendship Hospital, the people of Ledzokuku-Krowor municipality, a suburb of Ghana?s capital, would have had little or no access to health care.

Private Hospital
Private Hospital

The ultra-modern 110-bed hospital built by the Chinese government is now providing healthcare for the community of over 265 people, who previously had to commute long distances to attend the nearest health facility.
Beatrice Noi, a 38-year-old teacher, sums up the appreciation of the community for the China-Ghana Friendship Hospital built by the China Geo Engineering Company with funding from the Chinese government.
?I have three children. I was able to deliver them in this hospital, which has helped me a lot in terms of medicine and how the nurses cope with the patients,? she stated.
?When the hospital was not there, any time our children were sick, we had to rush them to the Polyclinic at Labadi (over 20 km away); but since this hospital has come here, the distance is short. If something happens, we are able to rush in and the doctors are ready to take care. So we are very happy for opening of this hospital,? Noi added.
Octogenarian Fred Akakpo, who was visiting the hospital when Xinhua called there on Thursday morning, was highly elated because of the short distance from his residence to the facility, also called the LEKMA Hospital.
?In fact, this hospital has helped me a lot. In the past, if anything happened, I had to go to the Teaching Hospital at Korle-Bu (30 km away) and also at Labadi (20 km away). Now, a hospital is just near us. I just stay at Teshie Zongo here so at times I can walk in. So I like it,? he indicated.
The Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, Dr. Juliana Amey, said it had brought great relief to the people in the area of health care.
?Before the inception of the hospital, patients had to travel very far distances to access health; because there were no government facilities in this municipality, they had to pay out of pocket to private facilities.
?But since this hospital came up, I think it has brought a great relief to inhabitants of this municipality because they now have good health care within their reach,? Dr. Amey said.
The hospital, which was commissioned in December 2010 by the then Vice- President, who is now President of Ghana, John Mahama, is the first Ghana Health Service-run facility in the capital to be equipped with a Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan, with support from some Chinese institutions.
It also has a fully running laboratory, providing all kinds of care such as radiology, surgical, medical, obstetrics, gynecology, dental, eye care and pediatric units.
Starting from over 60,000 out patients, the facility recorded 110,000 outpatient visits last year alone in a municipality with a population of over 265,000.
?During the cholera outbreak last year, we played a major role; we are the municipal hospital; we are the major government hospital in this municipality so other facilities were referring all their cases to us.
?So we virtually nursed most of the cholera cases in this municipality and we had clients coming from all over. `When our sister facilities were filled up, they used to refer patients to us,? Dr. Amey added.
She said the challenges with financing and infrastructure such as pertained in all other facilities across the country, notwithstanding, the medical team and the auxiliary staff were committed to their work in ensuring efficient health service delivery to the people of Ledzokuku-Krowor municipality. Enditem

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