The Unit christened, Ansuaa Ababio Paediatric Centre, after the mother of the Paramount Queenmother of the Dormaa Traditional Area, Odeneho Akosua Fima Dwabeng II, was funded through the Urban Development Grant (UDG) and the World Bank at a cost of GH C 557, 638.14 with Messrs Abeiku Construction Limited as the project contractors.

hospitalsConsultancy services were provided by the Public Works Department of the Dormaa Municipal Assembly.

An initial assessment conducted by the Dormaa Municipal Assembly to find out challenges confronting the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital, led to the decision to expand the Paediatric Unit of the Hospital.

Mr Alex Segbefia, the Minister of Health, stated that the last four years has seen government increasing access to health and health expenditure, and working to ensure financial protection for the poor to ensure they got better health services.

He commended the Church for complimenting government’s efforts at providing quality health service to the people and asked the health staff to ensure proper maintenance culture for the new facility.

The Health Minister said government was in the process of procuring 200 ambulances to be supplied to various hospitals across the country, adding “although allocation has not been done yet, the Hospital will be part of the first allocation”.

In his welcoming address, Mr. Gordon Asubonteng, Dormaa Municipal Chief Executive, stated that the Centre would also be used to promote medical tourism and called for support from government to help construct the second phase of the project.

He further explained that the second phase of the project would see the pulling down of the old children’s ward to pave way for the construction of a Very Important Person(VIP) Unit which would be operated solely on a commercial bases to provide private services to mothers who can afford in a relatively comfortable environment.

The MCE stated that this would considerably improve the internally generated fund of the Hospital as well as revenue levels of the Assembly from the payment of taxes.

Mr. Asubonteng added that a sick kid’s fund had been set up to help defray the medical bills of mothers who default in the payment of services provided by the Unit.

Dr. Adoma Dwomo – Fokuo, Paediatrician and the Medical Officer In Charge of the Hospital, stated that the Unit through the kind support of Vodafone, Access Bank, Christian Praise International Church, the Assembly and others have been able to acquire nine incubators to cater for preterm or premature babies thereby drastically reducing infant mortalities after an appeal for funds was launched.

He called for the provision of other medical equipments such as hospital beds, monitors, ventilators, a theatre, a paediatric ambulance, life saving gadgets, and other vital medical equipment for enhanced and effective service delivery to children and mothers.

Reverend Fei Hyeaman, the West Brong Chairman of the Presbyterian Church, underscored the need for the Hospital to evolve strategies to ensure that poor people equally benefited from health care especially, those who couldn’t pay medical bills.

He said the Church would join hands with other sister churches to pray towards the up-coming general elections next year for a peaceful and very successful elections.

The Ansuaa Ababio Paediatric Centre comprise of a washing bay for cooking and washing of clothes and a recreational centre for children recovering from ailments.

It comes third after similar departments in Okomfo Anokye and Sunyani Regional Hospital.

Source: GNA

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