The Talensi District Hospital in the Upper East Region, is facing infrastructure challenges which is compromising health service delivery. The facility was built in the 1960s as a clinic and is too small to run as a district hospital. The facility has also not been rehabilitated or expanded. Dr Paschal Apanga, the Medical Superintendent of the Hospital said this when Dr Nana Gruer Health Initiative Ghana Foundation, an NGO, presented a brand new motorbike to the District Directorate of the Ghana Health Service ( GHS) at Tongo.
Dr Apanga said the male, female and maternity wards are too small to admit patients while there is no children’s ward and those on admission had to join the adults in their wards. “Two to three children are made to sleep in one bed. We are compelled to discharge patients within 24 hours instead of 48 hours to make space for admission.
“In a month we admit up to 1,500 to 2,000 patients. The situation gets worse when it comes to the peak admission season, the months of August to November,” he said.
He said: “Another major challenge is that the facility lacks space for laboratory tests as well as hymnology and chemistry analyser for testing. The Issue of Infrastructure is quite alarming,” he said.
The District Director of the GHS, Ms Evelyn Naaso Domeh said the facility was upgraded to a District hospital in 2014 but did not have an office and staff accommodation.
She lauded the efforts of Dr Gruer for donating the motorbike and providing money for the training of more Community Health Officers to man CHPS compounds.
The organisation had also built a CHPS compound at the Accra site, a deprived mining community in the area.
Professor Laurence David Gruer, Chairman of the Foundation , a Professor in Public Health and an Independent Consultant in Public Health Medicine of the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, said he deemed it very important to pay back to Ghana to contribute his quota to national development because he had benefited a lot from his late Ghanaian wife.
He commended Peal Deng, a local NGO in the area and the District Assembly, the GHS and the community at large for facilitating the process to make his dream materialised.
Prof Gruer who expressed concern about the challenges facing the health sector in the District, said his Foundation intends to partner the District Directorate of the GHS, Peal Deng , the District Assembly and the community at large to write proposals to seek for funding in the United Kingdom to complement the efforts of the government.
The Director of Peal Deng , Dr Daniel Bangrey , said the Foundation contributes to improving health delivery in the District.