Cleaner at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital sexually assault patient
A 32 year old cleaner at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, who indecently assaulted a six-year-old aneamic patient on admission, was on Friday sentenced to 36 months imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court.
The court heard that Nathaniel Dzane used his manhood to brush the victim’s vagina and inserted his fingers.
He was convicted on his own plea. Assistant Superintendent of Police Sarah Acquah told the court, presided over by Ms Sedina Abemava, was admitted at the Children’s Ward on March 6, this year with anaemia.
That same day, Dzane went to clean the ward while the girl’s mother was on errand outside the hospital. The little girl requested Dzane to escort her to the washroom.
After she had urinated, Dzane unzipped and used his penis to rub her vagina several times and, not satisfied, inserted his fingers into her.
On her mother’s return, the girl told her about the incident and she informed the hospital authorities who handed Dzane over to the police.
The cancer-stricken Womack also is scheduled to undergo surgery at a later date.
In a statement through his New York publicist, the 68-year-old Womack thanked his fans for their prayers, love and well wishes, and says he looks forward to when he tours in support of his upcoming album.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is known for such hits as “Lookin’ For a Love,” and “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha.” Womack also wrote the early Rolling Stones’ hit “It’s All Over Now.”
“The Bravest Man in the Universe” comes out later this summer on XL Recordings. It’s produced by Womack, Damon Albarn and Richard Russell.
King Faisal Hospital. A US$50m hospital is set to be built next to it. The New Times / File.
According to the minister, the new structure is a public private partnership and it will be separate from KFH.
“There is indeed a process to build the new structure through collaboration between the government of Rwanda, a Japanese group called Tokushukai and the African Development Bank,” Binagwaho said, noting that feasibility studies are being arranged.
She said the new hospital will be affiliated to the Tokushukai Medical Corporation, the world’s third largest medical institution, which will construct the hospital.
The minister’s explanation comes after Prime Minister Dr.Pierre Damien Habumuremyi noted that plans are underway to streamline things at KFH to turn it into the excellent international facility it should be, for the benefit of Rwandans.
Habumuremyi on Friday told Parliament that part of the plan is the new modern structure which he said will be elected by the Japanese investor next to the current KFH block, in the nearest future.
“The plan is set and an investor was obtained to build a better-quality hospital that will be attached to King Faisal Hospital so that all possible services will be provided there. This will take a budget of almost more than $50 million,” Habumuremyi said while responding to lawmakers’ numerous queries on KFH and the general state of the country’s health sector.
Collaboration between Rwanda and the Japanese medical group apparently started in 2010 when former Minister of Health, Dr. Richard Sezibera, visited Japan.
In March 2010, a delegation led by Dr. Sezibera, visited the Tokushukai Medical Corporation in Japan. Dr. Sezibera and Dr. Tokuda Torao, Chairman and Founder of Tokushukai Medical Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding and the Tokushukai group granted Rwanda 10 dialysis machines to be distributed to Butare Medical University Hospital, KFH and Kigali University Hospital.
At the time, the Tokushukai group also offered one-month training for a doctor, two nurses and an engineer.
Meanwhile, according to the Prime Minister, the second plan in revamping service delivery at KFH and other hospitals entails a massive search for specialist doctors.
“The second plan is that of searching for specialists that will treat every disease at King Faisal Hospital,” he said, noting that a road map is set under which 100 doctors are undergoing specialist training abroad.
Habumuremyi said the Ministry of Health is also collaborating with 19 top US colleges to train Rwandan specialists.
Apart from expansion and specialists’ plans, the Premier again hinted on what he acknowledged is the “often criticised service delivery system” at KFH, and noted that here too, there is now a solid plan to set up standards in all hospitals.
“I also want to urge all Rwandans not to accept poor services. Those who get to receive poor service should mention it so that those in charge of rectifying things are able to.”
He stressed that government is keen on ensuring good service delivery and that efforts put in so far, indicate significant progress.
Nansubuga’s family claim she was frustrated to death at Rubaga Hospital. COURTESY PHOTO
Nansubuga went to Rubaga Hospital on Februarys 18. This was the hospital the family trusted most, thanks in part for its medical history and “good doctors”, or so they thought.
At the hospital, the 35-year-old was told she had developed high blood pressure and was admitted but discharged four days later. However, her condition worsened a day after and she was taken back to Rubaga as an emergency case at 10pm on Friday, February 24, according to her sister, Ms Felista Nakamya.
“On admission, we realised that her condition was deteriorating so we requested if a referral could be written so we take her to Mengo Hospital, but the doctor in the ward said the referral could only be written on Monday by a senior consultant and that the scan results were missing,” says the deceased’s husband Micheal Kayonga.
The family was told to pay Shs20,000 for another scan, whose results, just like for the first scan, was never availed. Ms Nakamya narrates that two days after the admission, doctors on a ward round at about midnight asked for the previous scans, but the initial one was missing.
“She was told that her blood pressure would be monitored and she would be fine. She continued to request for a referral but was reassured by the health workers she would be fine. The blood pressure continued to rise and the abdomen continued to swell,” Nakamya recounts.
Nansubuga’s condition worsened. And on Thursday March 1, her husband’s inquiry on his wife’s deteriorating condition was meant with a rude response from a nurse on duty. “She asked why I did not go to Mengo Hospital or International Hospital if I wanted better care,” Mr Kayonga said.
The long wait for attention He was further told that a consultant by the names of Dr Jumba Mukasa only comes on Mondays and Wednesday so decisions can only be taken then. Through several phone calls to friends and relatives, the family was able to contact Dr Peter Kibuuka, who arrived 30 minutes and reviewed the patient, who he found to be in extreme pain and with high blood pressure.
The family suggested that a caesarean operation be done, which the nurses agreed to but said the final decision would be made by a senior medical personnel.
On Friday, March 2, Nansubuga informed the midwife in-charge of the ward that the baby was no longer moving. The midwives listened three times and confirmed that they could not hear the heartbeat of the baby.
The following day, a female doctor, whose name the family could not readily establish, told them that she would be operated on the next day, which was a Sunday. On that day, a scan was done and a nurse told the family and the patient that the baby was fine and would be delivered by caesarean. The operation was, however, never done and no explanation was given.
“I slept around to ensure that on Monday morning, I sign the theatre documents so that the baby is removed to save the mother’s life. On Monday at about 11.30am, Dr Mukasa and Dr Joseph A. reviewed the patient on a ward round.
I personally begged to speak to Dr Mukasa as he was the one in charge of my wife. I had not spoken to him for the two weeks that my wife had been there but he told me that he knows this case and was working on it,” says Mr Kayongo.
At 12pm, Mr Kayongo was given a prescription to buy 200mg misoprostol and was instructed to get them immediately as any delays would cause danger to his wife. He jumped on a boda-boda and within minutes, he brought the drugs but was told to go back and bring a second drug yet this was not indicated on the prescription.
“The drug, we later understood, was meant to induce labour but after inducement there was no one to attend to her. I decided to do the delivery myself but the nurses saw me and then came and took over. They delivered the dead baby at around 4.45pm,” says Ms Nakamya.
“Immediately after delivery, the nurse went back to her station. I noticed that the patient was bleeding excessively so I asked another nurse who refused to help, saying she was not the one who worked on her,” Ms Nakamya says.
“I started running around the ward, frantically looking for the nurse who helped me, when I got her, I told her my sister was bleeding excessively. Though the nurse came, she could not find her medical form. By this time, however, she started to go into shock and the nurse requested that I and a security guard help her carry the patient to the examination room.”
The final deadly twist However, there was no doctor and after an hour of profuse bleeding, a second nurse appeared at 6.30pm, and started calling the doctors on-call but no one appeared.
According to the family, they were informed that some of the doctors were in church for prayers and Dr Mukasa’s phone was answered by his wife, who said he was not around.
Dr Kibuuka was finally contacted at 6.57pm and arrived at 8pm. He prescribed five more tablets of misoprostol and discovered that the patient had also got a tear of her cervix, which was bleeding. Together with an intern doctor, the tear, which occurred at 4.45pm, was stitched three hours later.
But the sad twists was not about to end, as at 9.30pm, the family received another blow; the doctors had forgotten the forceps (an extractor consisting of a pair of pincers used in medical treatment, especially for the delivery of babies) inside the patient and had to be removed. This was done at 10pm. The nurses then decided to take the patient back to her bed from the emergency room where she had been put on life support without any explanations.
The family disagreed and took 45 minutes for the patient to be taken back to the emergency room and when they did, it was too late. Nansubuga died, leaving behind three children.
According to schedule at Rubaga Hospital, Dr Mukasa, who doubles as head of the maternity ward, was on duty for the time Nansubuga spent at the hospital. When contacted, he told this newspaper that he can only comment on this issue next week because he was busy in a meeting and declined to comment any further.
The husband of the deceased alleged that the doctor has asked them to own up but they have refused and the hospital has also called for a meeting to talk about compensation.
“This is not just about my wife, mothers go to hospitals to be saved but they have continuously died out of negligence. Such cases should not be left untold,” Mr Kayonga said. The hospital spokesperson’s phone went unanswered several times Saturday Monitor tried to reach her.
THE POLICE Ladies’ Association (POLAS) has donated GH¢1600 worth of bed sheets and pillowcases to the children’s ward of the Police Hospital in Accra.
Pediatrician in charge of the children’s ward, ACP Dr. Marian Tetteh Korboe, who received them on behalf of the hospital, said currently there were no abandoned children at the facility as the last three were taken to the Osu Children’s Home two weeks ago.
She explained that mortality rates at the hospital were very minimal adding that in 2011, 19,444 children were treated as out patients while 13 percent of them representing 2,646 were admitted.
Out of this figure only 12 being 0.5 percent died as a result of late arrivals especially during the doctors’ strike.
Cerebral malaria and asthmatic attacks were the most reported cases.
The in-charge of pensions at the Police Headquarters, ACP Sabina Osei Bonsu who made the donation on behalf of POLAS said the association adopted and renovated the children’s ward in 2009 to commemorate its 20th anniversary.
In 2010, it organised a party for the children and now it was presenting the 50 bed sheets as its 2011 present to the ward.
In all 13 children were on admission at time of the donation last week.
Ward Manager, Superintendent Juliana Agyeiwaa, appealed to the general public and corporate organisations to come to the aid of the Police Hospital.
“Often we hear of several donations to orphanages and other hospitals but nothing is brought to us. We also need help,” she pleaded.
Supt. Agyeiwaa explained that the beds and cots the children were using had no side rails.
She therefore asked the public to get new cots and beds with side rails which would serve as protection for babies and children admitted at the ward.
She said the absence of rails made it very dangerous for children especially when personnel on duty were busy attending to other tasks stressing the children could fall while sleeping or playing in bed.
Another thing she asked for was curtains explaining that the ward has only one set.
She noted the ward would need more bed sheets as children easily soiled them creating the need for frequent changes.
The children also need toys to keep them lively so they don’t get bored. The toys are tools to develop their brains, she added.
The 65-year old comedian, who suffered a heart attack last Wednesday at a Texas club where he was scheduled to perform, was released from the hospital on Wednesday, the entertainer’s promotional manager, Christine Scherrer, confirmed to TheWrap.
According to Scherrer, the comedian — born Leo Gallagher — “is doing great, but still needs time … he is up to his same ol’ antics though.”
It is not clear how Gallagher’s health woes will affect his performance schedule. According to the comedian’s official web site, his next scheduled date is on April 4 at the Tampa Improv Comedy Theatre in Tampa, Fla.
The comedian’s manager, Craig Marquardo, told TheWrap last week that he was meeting with fans at the Hat Tricks club in Lewisville, Texas last Wednesday “when he felt a little tired. So he went in and sat down, and then (club employees) went in and checked on him and he wasn’t feeling good, so they called an ambulance.”
At one point Gallagher was placed in a medically induced coma, but doctors woke him Sunday morning.
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has visited Fabrice Muamba in hospital and he is encouraged by the progress of the Bolton player following a cardiac arrest.
Fears for the life of the midfielder sparked some soul searching after collapsing while playing against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
These reports followed a succession of improvements in Muamba’s condition after the footballer had spent two days in a medically induced coma in an effort to reduce swelling around his brain.
Essien, who visited the hospital on Monday night, said Muamba had spoken in both French and English to him.
“We are happy [he is doing better] and we keep praying for him so that he can come back and enjoy his football,” Essien said.
“The family is staying strong and the boy is strong himself so that is a good thing. On the pitch he is a very strong guy and off it he is always smiling.”
There was also a procession of Premier League footballers offering their support, with Arsenal’s Johan Djourou, Queen’s Park Rangers’ Shaun Wright-Phillips and the Chelsea duo of Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole paying visits yesterday.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor, who missed the abandoned match on Saturday evening with a hamstring strain, arrived at 7.10pm.
Opposition leader Kizza Besigye visits nodding disease syndrome patients at Mulago Hospital last week. Photo by Isaac Kasamani
The remaining patients are being monitored by the medical staff and one underwent an operation for a brain tumor last week.
According to Ms Beatrice Anywar, although the children returned home looking physically better, the doctors at Mulago Hospital have failed to ascertain the actual cause of the nodding disease syndrome.
She said most mothers of the affected children reported that the seizures have reduced and the children no longer collapse as frequently as was before.
Speaking in a telephone interview yesterday, the legislator threatened to sue the government for reportedly failing to equip nodding disease treatment centres in Kitgum District even after training medical workers who have since returned to the villages.
She accused the government of neglecting the people of Kitgum since 1988 when insurgency started in the district.
The government last month took over the management of the 25 patients the legislator transported to Mulago Hospital to prove to the nation the plight of close to 3,000 children suffering from the disease following government’s failure to respond effectively.
Upon their arrival at Mulago Hospital, several tests and samples were taken from the patients and taken to the US Centers for Disease Control for further tests.
The government also opened treatment centres in Lamwo, Kitgum and Pader districts.
Ms Anywar now accuses the government of failing to furnish the centres.
Reports from Kitgum, Pader and Lamwo indicate that health workers have started moving to homes where the patients are.
A woman walks by Maciel public hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Police inspector Jose Luis Roldan said Sunday that officials suspect hospital workers brought a sort of poison from Brazil and gave it to patients at the two hospitals who were in critical condition.
Judge Rolando Vomero, who is overseeing the case, told the newspaper El Observador that other hospital staff and relatives of alleged victims reported what could be dozens of cases.
The South American country’s Public Health Ministry issued a statement saying it was cooperating with the investigation into “presumed criminal acts linked to the health area.” It gave no details about the allegations but said it was conducting its own investigation and expressed “profound concern.”
Roldan said the allegations center on the private Sociedad Espanola hospital and the public Maciel Hospital. Officials at both declined to comment.
The Rotary Club of Accra in the Central ring road, in conjunction with his junior Club Rotaract, some friends from the Rotary of Lagos on Thursday inaugurated the first phase of reconstruction works at the Hospital General Maamobi.
The project, see the establishment of GH ¢ 6,000 toilet facilities for users of the male was known as “Sofia” to the name of the last project of Sofia-Twum Rotarian who died in December 2011 Barima.
Speaking at the programme Mr. Victor Asante, President of the Club, the second phase will be noted that restoration of the structure of the existing services that served users are men and women.
He noted that the Club adopted the annual plans for the hospital’s public relations that covered the entire health community Maamobi.
He pledged commitment to the Club to participate in social-economic development of the country in every possible way.
He expressed appreciation Rotary Club donation of $ 2,000.00 to Lagos the second phase of the project which should occur by June.
Ayodele, leader of the ten main Gbolahan is a member of the delegation from the Rotary Club, Lagos noted that the contribution was part of a wedding there are held between two clubs.
Dr. Debre (left), Adade Yeboah (right) in handshake during the presentation
THE DEPARTMENT of Communication Studies at Christian Service University College (CSUC) has donated items valued at GH¢350 to help resource the Maternal and Child Health Hospital in Kumasi.
The donation formed part of activities marking the maiden faculty week celebration held recently.
CSUC Dean of Students, Tony Adade-Yeboah presented the items on behalf of the faculty after the students cleaned up the hospital.
The items presented included washing powder, bar soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, canned milk, beverages, diapers and biscuits.
Receiving them, medical officer in-charge of the hospital, Dr. Christoph Debre, thanked the faculty for the items saying it would help address the food deficit at the hospital.
Dr. Debre said they would help fight child malnutrition at the hospital which is a referral point for the treatment of Kwashiorkor in Kumasi.
The students swept, cleaned the walls and emptied the bins under the supervision of the Head of Department, Adwoa Amankwah and other lecturers.
Dr Debre further commended the communication studies department for embarking on the clean-up exercise to rid the health centre of filth saying “we are manpower constrained so we take delight when people come in and support us”.
Fortune Tella, Lecturer at the department said the faculty saw the need to select the children’s hospital because children are dear to the hearts of many and their protection always remains a number one priority.
He described the clean-up exercise and the donation as part of the department’s corporate social responsibility aimed at improving the lives of the people.
Other faculty members present at the event were Dennis Sarkodie and Ginn Asibey.
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DRC / Panzi Hospital emphasizes dire need for fistula repair certification
BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, March 8, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Fistula* is widespread in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The problem is receiving increasing international and national attention but it is imperative that standards are put in place on how to best prevent and repair fistula. Treatment is possible through reconstructive surgery which requires specialist training – a failed attempt may make the fistula irreparable. Panzi Hospital is one of few hospitals in the eastern DRC with expertise in fistula repair.
Today, on the International Women’s Day, an opinion piece on this topic is issued by Dr. Denis Mukwege, the Medical Director of Panzi Hospital in DR Congo, and Director of PMU, Niclas Lindgren**. It emphasizes the dire need for international donors and national authorities to ensure that only proficient and certified institutions are authorized to perform this delicate surgery.
* Obstetric fistula is a hole between the bladder and vagina, or between the rectum and vagina
** The Panzi Hospital is specialized in treating gynecological disorders, specifically those due to reproductive trauma and trauma from sexual violence, as well as the holistic clinical treatment for survivors. Dr. Mukwege and his surgical team are international experts in fistula and incontinence repair and the long time healing and community reintegration associated with fistula care. PMU is a Swedish NGO who have been partnering with the Panzi Hospital since it was founded in 1999.
The Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) is collaborating with the University for Development Studies (UDS) to introduce a degree course in anaesthesia. When successful, it would be the first of its kind in the country.
A psychiatry and mental health ward is also to be established and a psychiatrist has already been appointed.
The Chief Executive officer of the TTH, Dr Ken Sagoe, disclosed this at a recent annual review conference of the hospital in Tamale and indicated that the hospital would be designated as a centre of excellence for mother and child care.
The CEO expressed satisfaction over the increasing number of critical staff at the hospital. ?Currently, we have more than a hundred doctors. Nursing staff numbers have more than doubled from 285 to 668 in 2011, while laboratory staff numbers also increased from nine in 2008 to 59 last year,? he stated.
Dr Sagoe stressed that an increase in support and administrative staffing levels had also paved the way for them to establish decentralised departments, with the appointment of administrative managers at all the clinical and diagnostics departments.
According to the CEO, ?the hospital is currently networked and Wi-Fi-enabled. We will partner with Vodafone Ghana this year to enhance the ICT environment and establish a computer lab with on-line training course for all staff.?
He further revealed that there was a slight increase in maternal mortality from the 2010 value of 33 to 47 last year even though the figure was lower than the 2009 figure of 52.
The situation, he explained, was as a result of late referrals from the districts for which reason gynaecologists would be launching a crusade in the districts to update and support the district staff to manage the maternal cases better to reduce the late referrals.
Dr Sagoe, however, expressed concern over the growing number of staff going on retirement and for further studies, the breakdown of equipment and the erratic and fluctuating power supply system at the hospital.
He further mentioned encroachment, lack of vehicles, inadequate staff accommodation and the unpredictable and unreliable water supply situation as other difficulties encountered by his outfit.
?We continue to hire water tankers all year round at very high cost even though in 2011 we constructed a 500 cubic metre underground water tank and laid a 2 km dedicated wide bore pipe line from the Ghana Water Company Mains,? the CEO indicated.
He commended the dedication and hard work of staff and management while acknowledging the contribution and support of the Regional Co-ordinating Council, the health directorate, the UDS and its medical school and other stakeholders.
Persistent load-shedding and water shortage has forced patients to abandon Kayunga Hospital. The hospital is now a preserve for the desperate, who part with Shs500 for a jerrycan of water. The patients and hospital staff have to share a two-door pit-latrine, with both sexes occasionally colliding at its backyard as they compete to ease themselves.
The paediatric ward in Kayunga Hospital looks isolated during this newspaper’s visit last week. Photo by Stephen Otage
The development follows reports that Kayunga Town Council has failed to pump water from the nearby water station since October last year when the national electricity crisis started.
The 100-bed public hospital was constructed in the 1970s. An investigation conducted by this newspaper found only four patients in the 25-bed maternity ward, while in the paediatric ward had less than 10 patients.
Ambulances grounded The investigation was prompted by the huge turn up of cataract patients for a free eye camp sponsored by Lions International as they commissioned a Shs170 million Eye Ward and Mobile Eye Clinic in the hospital on Friday. Cataract is an eye disease in which an area of the eye becomes cloudy.
The superintendent, Dr Ahmed Matovu, said the hospital was built in 1973 and commissioned by then President Idi Amin. He said three ambulances grounded in the courtyard were donations, while the only government ambulance is a grounded pick-up truck.
Faced with lack of ambulance, the district health officer surrendered his official pick-up vehicle, which is now being used as an ambulance. “The hospital plumbing and sewerage systems have collapsed. We haven’t had water since October last year because town council says they cannot pump water because of unreliable power supply,” Dr Matovu said.
Late last year, opposition Members of Parliament were shocked to find patients lying in hospital corridors. Health ministry Permanent Secretary Asuman Lukwago said they are aware of the crisis in Kayunga Hospital, adding that the Health ministry has already approved a Shs100 million budget re-allocated from within to fix the hospital.
He said Busolwe and Kitagata hospitals are also in a similar state but blamed procurement process for the delay.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and England’s Chris Smalling both ended up in hospital after clashing heads when the Dutchman scored the second goal in a 3-2 friendly win for the Netherlands on Wednesday.
Huntelaarnetted with a powerful header into the roof of the net after 59 minutes but smashed into Smalling, who went up for the same ball.
The two lay on theWembley pitchfor some time before Smalling was carried away on a stretcher andSchalke 04striker Huntelaar walked off holding a bandage to his face.
Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk told reporters:“Huntelaar has gone to hospital because we think he has some damage there (to his head) but we don’t know for sure.
He looked better in the dressing room than on the pitch, but we have decided to have him checked out. Chris went to hospital. I spoke with him and he was conscious, but he split his head open. Our thoughts are with him and I am hoping that he will be fine. – England’s interim coach Stuart Pearce
AMISOM hands over two generators to Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 1, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has handed over two generators to Benadir Hospital. Presenting the generators, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Honorable Wafula Wamunyinyi said AMISOM is making good progress in the implementation of projects in support of the people of Somalia as outlined during its press briefing on February 17th, 2012.
“The two generators are 110 KVA and 60 KVA respectively and have been purchased at a cost of 91,300 United States Dollars. The donation of these two generators is part of AMISOM’s Humanitarian Support to the people of Somalia and is a clear demonstration of our commitment to alleviating the suffering of Somali civilians.” Said Honorable Wamunyinyi.
The donation of the two generators will help provide reliable electricity for water pump, x-ray, laboratory and operating theatres as well as facilitating training of medical students and help in improving security due to the presence of functioning security lights.
The Minister of Health of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia, H.E. AbdiAziz Sheikh applauded AMISOM for the donation of the two generators saying it will help in reducing some of the problems the hospital was facing regarding inadequate electricity supply.
He said; “I’m happy to witness the handover of the generators to Benadir hospital as it demonstrates once again AMISOM’s strong commitment to improving the lives of the people of Somalia through the enhancement of capacity for medical institutions.”
AMISOM’s Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Mr. Abdul Diagabate said; “AMISOM hopes to contribute to efforts aimed at uplifting people’s living standards in achieving the millennium development goals.”
DR GEORGE Acquaye, Director of the Ho Regional Hospital has said the facility is making efforts to expand its mortuary.
He said this would make room to preserve unclaimed bodies useful for practical medical training by health students to be enrolled in the region’s Health and Allied Science University.
In an interaction with DAILY GUIDE at his office, Dr. Acquaye said the current size and state of the mortuary would not allow it to keep unclaimed bodies.
“Currently, equipment in the mortuary is weak and need replacement. The size of the structure would also have to be increased so that a special place can be created for the preservation of unclaimed bodies for use by medical students,” he said.
Dr. Acquaye said the new design for the mortuary had been completed “but what we need now is the money to commence work. We will need about GH¢20,000 for the project,” he pointed out.
At the moment there are six fridges to store only 40 corpses. The fridges are sometimes overloaded in a bid to provide preservation for all corpses rushed to the mortuary.
Once completed, the new mortuary could contain about 50 to 80 dead bodies Dr Acquaye said adding, “We need to expand within the shortest possible time.”
He entreated individuals, philanthropists and corporate bodies to contribute their widow’s mite towards the expansion project for Ho and especially the medical students.
The University of Health and Allied Sciences campus is adjacent to the Ho Regional Hospital at Trafalgar.
Nelson Mandela was released from a South African hospital a day after officials said the ailing anti-apartheid icon underwent treatment for an abdominal ailment
“The doctors have assured us that there is nothing to worry about and that Madiba is in good health,” President Jacob Zuma said in a statement earlier, referring to the 93-year-old Mandela by his affectionate clan name.
Mandela underwent a diagnostic laparoscopy, defense minister Lindiwe Sisulu said without elaborating. The procedure involves inserting a camera into the body to allow doctors a look in a patient’s abdomen or pelvis.
A family member had said Saturday that Mandela had hernia surgery, but Zuma described it as a “diagnostic procedure” without providing details.
Mandela last appeared in public in the closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
He was hospitalized last year for treatment of an acute respiratory infection, and continued to receive treatment at home after doctors discharged him.
Despite his rare appearances, Mandela retains his popularity and is considered a hero of democracy.
Mandela relocated to his childhood town of Qunu last year, but moved back to his Johannesburg home earlier this year.
At the time, Zuma said the move was because the home in his boyhood town was undergoing maintenance.
A picture taken on June 17, 2010 shows former South African President Nelson Mandela in Sandton. Nelson Mandela, 93, was admitted to hospital on February 25, 2012 after doctors advised specialist medical attention for a long-standing abdominal complaint. AFP PHOTO
JOHANNESBURG – Former South African leader Nelson Mandela, 93, was admitted to hospital on Saturday after doctors advised specialist medical attention for a long-standing abdominal complaint.
“President Jacob Zuma wishes to advise that former president Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital today, the 25th February 2012,” a statement from the presidency said.
“Madiba has had a long-standing abdominal complaint and doctors feel it needs proper specialist medical attention.”
The health of the increasingly frail anti-apartheid icon, who is affectionately known as Madiba, sparked national fears after he was hospitalised early last year for an acute respiratory infection.
“We wish him a speedy recovery and assure him of the love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world,” the statement from the presidency said.
“We request that all respect the privacy of Madiba and that of his family during this period.”
Mandela returned to his Johannesburg home last month from his rural home village in the Eastern Cape. He last appeared in public at the final of the football World Cup hosted by South Africa in July 2010.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, a year before he was elected the country’s first black president in South Africa’s first all-race vote and served one term before stepping down in 1999.
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is to introduce specialized clinics to serve the health needs of corporate clients and individuals who demand such services.
The facilities will run both morning and evening sessions for a fee which authorities hope would boost the hospital’s revenue.
Chief Executive, Professor Ohene Adjei, announced this at an end-of-year performance review meeting in Kumasi.
Komfo Anokye Hospital has, over the years, been depending on internally- generated funds for the day-to-day running of the facility.
Last year, management spent 656 thousand Ghana cedis to procure three stand-by generators, two air dryer machines for oxygen supply and two dialysis machines. An unspecified amount of money was spent on general repair of equipment.
Despite what officials say is modest success in its operations, they contend the hospital’s dependence on internally-generated funds is becoming cumbersome.
The specialized clinics are the first of their kind by a public health facility in the country.
They are designed to lessen the burden on busy corporate workers and members of the public who have to seek medical care, and dash back to work.
Prof Ohene Adjei charged heads of directorates to ensure the system become operational.
“These people will by all means go to the hospital. We are saying that you can come early in the morning between 6 and 8 am to have the service or when you close, you can still come and also you will be seen”.
But Prof Ohene Adjei revealed there won’t be any special treatment for those who assessed the specialized clinics.
“We are not going to say because you are special person we have to give you special treatment, no because sickness is sickness if it is malaria, its malaria,” Prof Adjei revealed.
Director General of CFAO Motors Roddy Sharp handed a check of Shs 22,448,000 to the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital CCRBT Erwin Telemans, including assistance to support services provided by hospital. The first right is the Marketing Officer of CFAO Motors Alfred Minja and the first left is Assistant Director of CCBRT Haika Mawala.
We are delighted to announce that CFAO MOTORS TANZANIA, on behalf of CFAO SOLIDARITY in France, is donating TZS 22m to help CCBRT Hospital.
CFAO has been involved in business in Africa for over 125 years. The group employs around 9,200 staff in 31 African countries and 7 French overseas territories. Since its future is inextricably linked with that of Africa, it is only right that CFAO should assist in its development.
Via its various lines of business, CFAO makes its contributions to sustainable development issues in Africa and is forging ahead with a far-reaching strategy in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility.
At CFAO MOTORS TANZANIA we have studied with great admiration the truly amazing work that CCBRT does. We have persuaded our head office to provide financial support so that CCBRT can continue to do wonders in our society.
We all know how difficult it is sometimes for sick or disabled people in our country to get quality medical care, even for the most basic ailments. CCBRT has been fantastic in ensuring medical care is available to the community and at the most affordable prices.
We have also noted that monies donated to CCBRT are always used in a responsible manner for the maximum benefits of its patients. This makes us very comfortable supporting the project as we know that our money will definitely benefit the needy.
On behalf of CFAO SOLIDARITY in France and CFAO MOTORS TANZANIA, I would like to present this cheque which I am sure will be put into good use in the community.
Patients and nurses at the Sankore Hospital in the Asunafo South District of the Brong Ahafo Region had to run for cover when a man stormed the facility and started attacking them.
The man, identified as Abdulai aka Al-Qaida, on Saturday February 4, pursued a woman he had been terrorizing in Sankore to the hospital, where the son of the woman had been hospitalized, and attacked her and patients and some hospital staff.
According to officials of the hospital, Al-Qaida, a notorious hoodlum believed to be a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the area, stormed the facility around 7pm and disconnected the main electricity line to the hospital.
He then entered the wards with his torch light and hunted down 21-year-old Akua Afriyie, whose one-year-old son was on admission at the hospital.
The hospital staff have threatened to abandon the hospital and close down the centre if no action is taken against Al-Qaida, who has not been arrested, even though a report has been lodged with the police.
Akua Afriyie told DAILY GUIDE that Al-Qaida forced his way to the ward where her child was sleeping on that fateful night and removed the drip on his hand and started beating her up.
She said when she raised an alarm to attract the attention of other patients and nurse on duty, he turned on them and assaulted the patients with a metal he was wielding. In the process, most of the patients got injured while Afriyie’s son bled.
A female nurse who attempted to salvage the situation was kicked in the abdomen by the assailant. The nurse later collapsed.
Afriyie said patients on their sick bed had to run for dear life, while a complaint was lodged with the police.
She said a day after the incident at the hospital, Al-Qaida stormed her house and beat her up again with a cane.
According to her, prior to the hospital incident, Al-Qaida had assaulted her about five times in her house within a week.
She told DAILY GUIDE that Al-Qaida had threatened to kill her wherever he met her. She has since remained indoors.
Sankore Police and the Kukuom District Police Command have officially been informed about the development. It is believed no action has been taken because of Al-Qaida’s affiliation with the ruling party and a top government appointee in the region.
Florence Owusuaa, the physician assistant in-charge of the Sankore Health Centre, confirmed the incident when she raised concern about the attack on the hospital at a public function organised by the Member of Parliament for the area, George Yaw Boakye, to distribute medical supplies to the twelve health facilities in the district.
She threatened that if no action was taken against Al-Qaida, the facility would be forced to close down because the lives of the nurses and the other staff were in danger. The hospital is currently operating without electricity.
DAILY GUIDE learnt that after Madam Owusuaa announced the attack on the hospital at the function, she began receiving strange phone calls with threats on her life for daring to speak on the incident in public.
The Asunafo South District Director of Health, Winifred Tienaah, described the attack as unfortunate. She called on the chiefs to take steps to address the situation to prevent any future occurrence.
The MP, Hon Boakye, took a swipe at a section of the youth in the Sankore who had taken it upon themselves to cause trouble in the community. He assured the hospital staff that he would liaise with the chiefs to ensure that the culprit was brought to book.
Meanwhile, the Gyaasehene of the Sankore Traditional Area, Nana Yaw Afriyie, has pleaded with the hospital staff not to carry out their threat of leaving the community as the chiefs will do everything possible to ensure their safety in the town.
The Koforidua Regional Hospital is to train phlebotomists for health institutions in the Eastern Region to help improve upon laboratory services.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Daniel Asare, announced this at the graduation ceremony of the first ten phlebotomists trained by the hospital in Koforidua on Friday.
The phlebotomists are individuals trained to draw blood from a live person or animal. They collect blood samples and other laboratory samples from the wards of the hospital and other patients for biotechnologists to work on them.
He called on the graduates to be courteous to patients who visit the laboratory and also desist from collecting money from them.
Dr Asare advised the graduates to aspire higher to be future biotechnologists and laboratory technicians.
Mr Francis Ussher, Head of the Laboratory Department of the hospital, expressed the hope that the training of the phlebotomists would facilitate the collection of laboratory specimen from the wards to reduce pressure at the laboratory.
Dr Anim Boamah, Clinical Care Director of the hospital, who chaired the function, reminded the graduates that they had a responsibility to keep confidentiality of all results of laboratory samples that they handle and never to disclose information to third parties without authority.
A man who was convicted of stalking and threatening pop star Madonna has escaped from a psychiatric hospital, police in Los Angeles say.
Robert Dewey Hoskins was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 1996.
After leaving prison he spent time in another hospital, before being arrested last July and sent to the facility in Norwalk that he escaped from on Friday.
Police describe Hoskins as having “very violent tendencies” and say he is not to be approached.
“Hoskins is highly psychotic when not taking his medication,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.
Madonna testified during Hoskins’ trial in 1996 that she had nightmares about him after seeing him near her home the previous year.
She said her bodyguard told her Hoskins claimed she was supposed to be his wife, and that “if he couldn’t have me, he was going to slice my throat from ear to ear.”
Later that year, while Madonna was in Florida, Hoskins scaled the perimeter wall of her home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, jumped into her pool and was eventually shot twice by a security guard.
Court records show he was convicted of vandalism in July 2011, the Associated Press reports.
On TV: Kyle Dyer, right, had knelt down to pet Max when he attacked. He is seen here with his owner, Michael Robinson, and the firefighter that rescued him
DENVER – An 85-pound Argentine mastiff dog dramatically rescued a day earlier from an icy lake was impounded Wednesday after viciously biting a Denver television news anchor on her face during a live in-studio segment.
Kyle Dyer was conducting an interview on the rescue of Gladiator Maximus, also known as Max, after the dog fell into a frigid Lakewood lake Tuesday while chasing a coyote. The live segment was aimed at reuniting firefighter Tyler Sugaski, who rescued the animal, and Michael Robinson, the dog’s owner.
According to KUSA-TV, firefighters, paramedics and animal control were called to the station after the attack.
The station later showed video of Dyer petting the dog, but stopped before the attack occurred and said they would not rebroadcast it. Other video posted online showed the dog lunging at Dyer and viciously biting her face.
Attack: In a flash, Max bares his teeth and lashes out at Ms Dyers face. Animal control officers called it a ‘pretty major bite.’
Meghan Hughes, spokeswoman for the Denver Environmental Health department, said Robinson, 39, of Lakewood was cited with failure to have his dog on a leash, allowing a dog to bite and failure to have a vaccinated dog.
Hughes said the dog is being quarantined until a judge can hold a hearing on the charges and rule on the dog’s fate.
Robinson did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Julie Lonborg, spokeswoman for Denver Health hospital, said in a statement that Dyer was in fair condition and being evaluated by a trauma team. The hospital said she was awake and visiting with family.
KUSA news director Patti Dennis said Dyer was doing well after reconstructive surgery on her lip.
“The dog bite accident that happened today at 9News was unfortunate and certainly not expected based on what we knew about the dog and his owner,” Dennis wrote on the station’s Facebook page. “Our goal was to unite the owner with the rescuer for a nice segment. We are all thinking of Kyle and her recovery.”
According to the station, Robinson was taking the dog for a walk without a leash on Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. when the dog spotted a coyote running out of a bush. The dog chased the coyote onto the ice and fell into the freezing water, where the animal spent 20 minutes before firefighters arrived.
Sugaski broke the ice with his arms to get closer to the dog.
“The dog recognized right off that I was there to help, so he came towards me,” Sugaski said.
The West Metro Fire Department said Sugaski was unavailable for comment.
A not-so-Rocky relationship: Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed delighted to be posing in bed with Sylvester Stallone
Life is tough if you are an action star at pensionable age.
And veteran stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone proved this when they were pictured after ‘coincidentally’ attending hospital at the same time for treatment for stunt-related injuries.
Luckily enough for the former Governor of California, he posted the picture on his Whosay account page just as it was announced the 80s favourites were going to star in another movie together called The Tomb.
Arnold said: ‘After all the action, stunts and physical abuse shooting The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand, it was time for a little tune up on my shoulder. ‘Look who was coincidentally waiting in line behind me for his shoulder surgery.
‘Now we’re ready for another round of great times and action when we shoot The Tomb.’
With Arnold now 64 and Sylvester, 65, younger many will wonder whether they should be leaving the action genre to younger actors more suited to the physical rigours of shooting.
And sceptics will surely wonder whether the coincidence is just a bit too good to be true, given they have a couple of movies to promote.
80s icons: The famous duo battled it out to be the kings of action in franchises such as Conan and Ramb
The fact Sly seemed to have a syringe sticking out of his neck also suggested it may have been a spoof.
Arnold and Sly were massive rivals in the 80s, and continually tussled to be Hollywood’s biggest action star.
And while the Rambo and Rocky franchises were hugely lucrative, The former seemed to edge it due to the massive box office success of the likes of Terminator 2, Total Recall and Kindergarten Cop.
Nowadays however the pair seem to be fast friends, and will be teaming up for the third time in recent years in The Tomb. Arnold had a cameo in 2010’s The Expendables, he has an extended part in the upcoming sequel.
In their latest project Stallone will play a man who designs an inescapable high-tech prison, who becomes a prisoner after being double-crossed.
Luckily he will be helped in his quest to escape with the help of a friendly fellow inmate played by Schwarzenegger.
The Austrian Oak is just finishing filming on The Last Stand, which is his first foray into the world of westerns.