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Structural defects hampering health delivery at War Memorial Hospital

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Established in 1961, the War Memorial Hospital in Navrongo in the Upper East Region is reducing in terms of bed capacity because of structural defects and deteriorating conditions. The hospital, which currently has a 167-bed capacity, runs all disciplines of medicine and receives referrals from municipal and district hospitals such as Fumbisi, Sandema, and Paga, including the regional capital, Bolgatanga.

However, the bed capacity of the War Memorial Hospital is declining due to its ageing infrastructure. The Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr. Eric Wedam mentioned that the cracks that appear on the walls and floors of the hospital posed a risk to both patients and staff.

As a result, he said the hospital’s management had to collapse the female medical ward and the patients were added to another ward to prevent any accidents from occurring.

“Everything in that ward is no longer functional. So, in terms of what it can do to help patients has been seized because you can’t work in that place. Severe cracks and the roof is almost sinking down. You can’t live there, because the workplace must be safe for you and the clients,” he lamented.

Not only the female medical ward, Dr. Wedam mentioned that the male ward has also been abandoned “because of the same problems”.

He is therefore appealing to the public, and corporate institutions to come to the aid of the War Memorial Hospital either by renovating the dilapidated structures or constructing additional wards that can cater to its number of patients. 

He made this appeal to A1 Radio when a couple, Douglas and Jackie Chikohora donated medical equipment to the hospital. The items included a steam autoclave, an incubator, two electric theatre beds, a cardiac monitor, 5 pulse oximeters, and BP monitors. 

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Navrongo|Ghana

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  1. The facility actual need serious repairs, even the ART clinic block is like a mud house. Government should kindly pay attention to this called and intervene.


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