7 January 2013

Ghana: Poor Road Network Affects Operations of Agroyesum Hospital

The authorities of the St. Patrick Hospital at Agroyesum in the Amansie West District of te Ashanti Region have bemoaned the poor nature of the road network, and appealed to the government to expedite reconstruction plans.

The hospital, established in 1957 by a Dutch who settled in the community, and was later taken over by the Catholic Church to offer health services to residents in and around the Agroyesum community, offers general medical care, and is also noted for the treatment of buruli ulcer in the Ashanti Region.

It is, however, confronted with numerous challenges, including the poor road network leading to and from the hospital.

The Hospital Administrator, Mr. Richard Adusei, complained that patients referred to the facility from other health centres had to endure the effects of the poor nature of the roads, including exorbitant fares.

He said the dusty nature of the road in the dry season also compounded the health of patients on admission, as the dust envelopes the whole hospital.

The Administrator also mentioned that lack of an ambulance for affected referral cases of patients to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.

The hospital, according to him, relies on the only pick-up used for administrative purposes to transport patients to the KATH.

Dr. Adusei appealed to National Health Insurance Authority to also release health insurance funds on time, as the hospital faces harassment from its suppliers for the late payment of supplies.

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