The Minister gave the advice during the donation of neo-natal intensive care unit equipment

The Minister gave the advice during the donation of neo-natal intensive care unit equipment

The Northern Region Minister, Alhaji Muniru Limuna, has cautioned doctors and other medical staff of the Tamale Teaching Hospital not to get themselves involved in Region?s chieftaincy divide at the expense of quality health delivery.

He said some of the doctors do not cooperate with each other because they belong to different chieftaincy divides which affect quality health delivery.

The Minister said this at the inauguration of ultra modern Neo-Natal Intensive care unit, NICU, constructed by MTN Telecommunication at the premises of the hospital.

He was not specific on a particular chieftaincy divide, but the Region has chieftaincy problems ranging from Dagbon, Bimbila and the recent crisis at Bolgatanaga in the Upper East Region.

MTN Foundation constructed the building at the cost of GH?335million whiles Huawei Technologies provided medical equipment to support the new neonatal ICU centre.

The building consists of 40 bed beds fully equipped with a 25-seater conference room, offices for staff. Other facilities include a pharmacy, store rooms and kitchen for storing breast milk.

Alhaji Limuna said children are future leaders of the country pointing out that ?how they grow to be able to take their rightful and responsible places will depend on how well they are catered for in terms of health care services.?

He advised those who are not involved in the chieftaincy divide not to venture into it and warned that ?those who are involved in the chieftaincy divide should change or we will change them.?

The Minister said he is accountable to God for his stewardship and he will not allow any staff of the hospital to run down the health care services entrusted to them, noting that: ?I know the challenges involved to source funding for the construction of the Teaching Hospital.?

He said it is God who knows the winners of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary candidates, saying that despite his political affiliation that should not impede the responsibilities government imposed on him to ensure better administration of the Region.

The Executive Director of MTN Ghana Foundation, Mrs. Cynthia Lumor, said her outfit commits itself to three key areas for their cooperate social responsibilities, which she named as health, education and empowerment.

She noted that the birth of a baby ?is a wonderful experience yet very complex one even with the best of care things may go wrong and there is the need to provide a facility that may ensure the survival of the baby.?

Mrs. Lumor emphasized that quality health care is not a privilege but a must for all, quoting WHO as saying: ?Everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services sanitation, among other things.?

She said the additional value of the centre is that it will serve as a centre for training of medical students of the University for Development Studies (UDS)

The Medical Doctor in charge of the facility, Dr. Alhassan Abdul-Mumin, said with the new centre the staff would commit their energies to ensure that ?preventable deaths of infants are well taken care of.?

He recollected an incidence where ?a mouse entered the ear of a baby in an incubator as we were virtually sharing the old maternity ward with rodents.?

Dr. Abdul Mumin attributed the challenges to meet the MDG 4 as lack of adequate facilities to reduce infant and maternal mortality.

Source:  Zakaria Abdul-Kadiri, TV3, Tamale

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