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GHS official lauds ENRH for milestones in just five years

The Deputy Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr Anthony Ofosu has commended the management and staff of Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital for their impressive efforts in widening healthcare opportunities for the people of the Western and beyond within just five years of the inception of the hospital’s new management.

Speaking to a cross-section of staff at the hospital’s conference center, Dr Ofosu encouraged the management of the facility not to relent in continuing with the good work.

He observed that the Ghana Health Service has deliberately pursued a decentralized agenda to allow management of its facilities a decision making space for such developments.
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His comments followed a brief statement by the Medical Director of the Hospital Dr Joseph Kojo Tambil who enumerated some successes chalked since the inception of his management team and some challenges facing the facility.

According to the Medical Director, Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, through its Internally Generated Funds (IGF) has set up a dialysis center that relieves clients from the plight of traveling all the way to the Central Region and other places to access the service.

The Hospital has also developed a cozy 200-seater conference center and cafeteria. The Medical Director added that ENRH has set up a 6-bed Intensive Care Unit/ High Dependency Unit for clients as well as a Referral Call Center that promotes efficiency by coordinating referrals to and from the hospital.

He observed that the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital has a bright future with the ongoing redevelopment of the hospital into a 500 bed capacity.
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Dr Joseph Kojo Tambil also outlined a few challenges facing the facility such as the need for more specialists, for example, orthopedic and neurosurgeons, intensivists, and a dermatologist for the facility.

He also identified some difficulties with the Lightwave Health Information Management System which is a new hospital’s electronic patient records system. According to him, the hospital loses about 40% of its revenue due to the inability to receive secondary facility reimbursements from the National Health Insurance Scheme for the services it provides to clients.

The Deputy Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr Anthony Ofosu promised to relay the challenges to authorities of the services for redress. Dr Ofosu visited the project site of the hospital redevelopment and the Infectious Disease Center.

Also present at the forum was the Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Nana Yaw Ofori Yeboah, Deputy Director of Administration, Mr. Tiimob Jacob, Deputy Director of Human Resource, Madam Gifty Ohenewaa and Deputy Director of Finance, Mr. Augustine Alphose Owusu.
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Story by Sampson Amon, PR Unit ENRH