The Sandema Municipal Hospital is making a passionate appeal to benevolent organizations and individuals for a power plant for the hospital. The one currently at the facility has been decommissioned for years now.
Speaking to our reporter, Richard Asam, a Public Health Officer with the hospital said the hospital is bedevilled with challenges, chief among them is the lack of a power plant to serve as a backup to the main grid electricity.
Mr. Asam added that internally generated funds from the facility weren’t enough to acquire a new power plant and undertake many other critical activities.
The situation, according to him, makes it difficult to pay casual staff, buy consumables for patients and purchase parts to continually fix the outdated power plant.
The power outages he says have made it difficult to work especially now that the medical system is paperless.
“We as a municipal hospital, are bedevilled with a lot of challenges, but the topmost is power outages. We have a generator set, but it is defunct. Most of the parts are worn out and we can’t get them on the market to buy. So, it means that we need to replace it.”
“And now we are running on internally generated funds so it’s difficult to pay casual staff who are helping and then buy consumables for the patients to use and to power the system. And now we are going paperless, so it means that when power is out it’s very difficult for us to operate.”
The Public Health Officer also indicated the completed mortuary for the hospital isn’t in use due to the lack of a refrigeration system to keep the bodies cold.
“We have our mortuary over there. The beautiful edifice at the back. It is completed but we don’t have a refrigeration system to keep the bodies cold.”
He appealed to benevolent societies, NGOs and individuals who have the health service at heart to support the facility with some logistics to facilitate their operations.
The Sandema Municipal Hospital is a referral centre that serves clients from the Mamprugu-Moagduri District, Builsa South District and some parts of the Kasina-Nankana East District.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gerard Awombadek Asagi|Ghana