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Visit By Her Excellency The Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana - Mrs. Samira Bawumia To ERHK

The Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Her Excellency Mrs. Samira Bawumia in her quest to improve maternal health as part of the ‘Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Project’ visited the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua on 11th April, 2019 to interact with pregnant women and healthcare providers to have a first-hand information on challenges confronting delivery of quality maternal care. The facility is the first to be visited by her in the Eastern Region.
She was accompanied by Dr. Oko Boye, the Board Chairman of Kole-Bu Teaching Hospital, Hon. Eric Daffour, the Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Samuel N. Ayertey , the Deputy Regional Minister and many other regional and district executives of the ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP).
The team on arrival visited the Antenatal Clinic of the hospital where Her Excellency the Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana interacted with clients visiting the clinic and staff on duty. She then moved to the Pre-Natal Ward, Labour Ward, NICU and Lying-In Ward to also interact with the clients and staff on duty. She distributed hampers to all the patients at the Antenatal Clinic and wards visited totaling about three hundred (300).
Her Excellency Mrs. Samira Bawumia (Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana), during the exit meeting, expressed her joy for visiting ERHK. She commended the administration for the good leadership and improving on the hospital infrastructure to ensure patients comfort. She also praised the staff for their magnificent contribution toward the provision of quality healthcare services. She also asserted of making ERHK a partner of her project “SAMIRA EMPOWERMENT AND HUMANITARIAN PROJECT” to ensure that whatever is needed by the hospital to ensure continues delivery of quality maternal care are provided when the hospital call upon. She presented two (2) electronic fetal statoscopes to the hospital. 
Dr. Kwame Anim-Boamah; the Medical Director of the hospital, in his closing remarks thanked Her Excellency, Mrs. Samira Bawumia for choosing ERHK as the first facility to visit in the Eastern Region and the assurance of partnering with the hospital to ensure continues quality maternal care.


Dr. Kwame Anim - Boamah and Dr. Cardinal Newton recieves awards during the 4th Medical Excellence Ward

An obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua, Dr Kwame Anim Boamah, was adjudged the medical doctor of the year at the fourth National Medical Excellence Awards (MEA) held in Accra last Friday.
The award, according to the MEA, was in recognition of his “selfless commitment” to the discharge of his duties towards the promotion of quality health care in the country.
Dr Boamah grabbed the topmost award after beating his closest contenders, Dr Shamaila Ibrahim of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Hospital at Agona Swedru and Dr Michael Rockson Adjei of the Tain District Hospital, who respectively were adjudged the first and second runners-up.
The awards scheme is targeted at honouring healthcare professionals who show excellence in their service delivery within the year under review.  This year’s event, which was held at the Forecourt of Parliament House in Accra, was on the theme: “Smile with your healthcare personnel.” 
Twenty-four health professionals were rewarded on the night. They won awards in categories made up of best doctor, nurse, transition manager, dentist, pharmacist, midwife, diagnostics and auxiliary staff. 
Mustapha Musah of the Wasa Akropong Government Hospital was adjudged the Nurse of the year, while Joseph Azabu Tia of the Baptist Medical Centre was crowned the Pharmacist of the year.
The best midwife award was won by Ms Agnes Ofosu Baah of the Lister Hospital in Accra, while Ms Shirley Newman of the Nsawam Government Hospital was adjudged the best dentist.  The other awardees were: Attah Abubakar, diagnostics sciences; Muhammed Rabiu Salifu, auxilliary staff, and Bemanu F.K. Amen, transition manager. 
The awardees, who were drawn from public, private and mission healthcare centres across the country, were each offered an insurance cover valued at GH¢150,000 by the Millennium Insurance Company, one of the sponsors of the awards.
Professor Angela Ofori-Atta, the wife of the Minister of Finance, was among four distinguished persons who were honoured for their ‘immense contributions’ to improving the health sector.
The others were Hajia Damata, Dr James Dakyi Clayman and Mr Gopal Vasu.

Addressing the event, the President of the MEA, Dr Titus Amidu Dauda, stated that to achieve its purpose of rewarding true excellence, MEA tasked a research team that “critically examined the operations of the nominated persons and submitted their names for the awards.”
Therefore, he said, the selection process was fair and urged the public to disregard any view to the contrary that sought to stain the credibility of the awards scheme.
In a chat with the Daily Graphic, Dr Boamah expressed appreciation to the MEA for the honour done him and urged his colleague doctors to dedicate themselves to their task to help improve healthcare services in the country. 
One of the special awardees, Dr Clayman, expressed worry that the awards did not have government’s endorsement.

REF: Grahpic Online


Installation of Laparoscopy and Endoscopy Machine

ERHK using it IGF has purchased and installed new Laparoscopy and Endoscopy machines at it Reproductive Health Unit (Family Planning Unit) theatre.
The endoscopy machines will help to diagnose upper and lower gastrointestinal diseases.
The Hospital (ERHK) is now among the few hospitals in the country with an endoscopy and laparoscopy set up.
Referral of clients from ERHK to other facilities in Accra for endoscopy and laparoscopy services is now a thing of the past.
The Laparoscopy equipment would enable doctors to diagnose and carry out operations through small incisions (holes) in the abdomen (That is, minimal invasive surgery compared to big incisions).


Installation of Patients Monitors

Additional new patients monitors procured using the hospital’s IGF have been successfully installed at the newly constructed Emergency Triage Unit and the renovated Labor Ward Theatre Recovery.
 Six of them installed at the Emergency Triage Unit and four installed at Labour Ward Theatre Recovery.
The installation of the monitors would help to provide quality and efficient care to patients.


Basic Life Support (BLS) Training

ERHK in the quest to save victims of life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care at the hospital has organized Basic Life Support (BLS) training for its trained health personnel.
The training which was more practical base saw a maximum number of six (6) participants per section making a total of sixty (60) participants trained during ten sections.
Three more sections have been scheduled before the end of the year (2018).
Method of training used included reading lessons, visual (video) aid and practical experience.
The facilitators were from the Penn State University Medical Centre (USA) and certified by the American Heart Association.
ERHK is working towards accreditation by the American Heart Association for BLS training.


Open day and projects commissioning ceremony

The Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua on Friday, 9th February, 2018 held its maiden edition of the Hospital’s Open Day Ceremony at the forecourt of the Dental Clinic of the  hospital. The occasion was also used to commission some projects undertaken in the hospital  including Oxygen Plant, Emergency Room, e-Library and Canteen using IGF. Several dignitaries including the Eastern Regional Minister, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Municipal Chief Executive - New Juaben Municipal Assembly, Chief of Jumapo: a suburb in Eastern Region, and Regional Chief Imam graced the Occasion. Other invited associations as well as individuals and organizations including Magazine Mechanical Engineers Association, Beauticians Association, Dressmakers Association,  Police Wives Association, Ghana Commercial Bank, the press etc. came in their numbers.
The purpose for the ceremony was to interact with members of the public and solicit their views/opinions about the healthcare services being delivered by the hospital. Some completed projects including Oxygen Plant, e-Library,  Canteen and Emergency Room were commissioned. The occasion was also used to organise free health screening and education in the area of Eye, ENT, Hypertension, Diabetes, Family Planning, Nutrition, ART for interested individuals.


Ghana Health service Council Visited ERHK

As part of a 3-day working visit of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Council to the Eastern Region, members of the council being led by the council chair, Dr. Yaw Yeboah and other directors of Eastern Regional Health Directorate used the opportunity to visit the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua on the Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018. Dr. Kwame Anim - Boamah, the medical director of the hospital in his welcome address made it known to council members and all other individuals present, some major developmental projects that had been completed using the hospital’s IGF. The projects which include the Hospital Canteen, Oxygen Plant and Pavement Works were inspected by the council council members. The council chair (Dr. Yaw Yeboah) in his closing remarks at the staff durbar held applauded the hospital management for the “excellent” and  judicious” use of the hospital’s IGF and emphasized that he would recommend the hospital to other hospitals to understudy. The Director General of GHS who is also a member of the council praised the hospital and promised to work on the mechanization and posting of staff (clinical and non-clinical) to the hospital to contribute to the delivery of quality healthcare service in the hospital.


Kokorokoo Charities donated an incubator to ERHK

The Kokrokoo Charities Foundation have presented an incubator to the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua. The foundation is founded by Mr Kwami Sefa  Kayi, the morning show host of Kokrokoo on Peace FM. The Incubators which  is said to be one of the best brands in the world costs about 10,000.00 US Dollars. Presenting the Incubator, Mr Kayi explained that the foundation was  
established by a group of people and institutions who believed in giving back to society. According to him, they pledged to donate 100 pieces of incubators to hospitals in the country. This he said is to support efforts to give opportunities to pre-term babies to survive and grow to contribute their quota to the development of the country.This he said is to support efforts to give opportunities to pre-term babies to survive and grow to contribute their quota to the development of the country.
According to him, the foundation has so far, presented 10 incubators to hospitals in the country and the presentation to the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua was the eleventh. Mr Kayi said the Eastern Regional Hospital, has three incubators provided by the government but if there is an opportunity, the foundation would donate  some more incubators to the facility. The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Kwame Anim Boamah who received the incubator on behalf of the hospital thanked  the foundation and Mr Kayi for their gesture. He gave the assurance that the hospital would take good care of the incubator to help support preterm babies to survive.


ERHK Nine lessons and carols

ERHK on the 22nd December, 2017 at 05:30pm held its 2017 Nine Lessons and Carols at the Forecourt of the hospital Dental
Clinic. The occasion saw the Hospital Choirs, Calvary Youth Choir and Peniel Praise Band performing to the amusement of all
staff and invited guest present. The Medical Director of ERHK, Dr. Kwame Anim-Boamah, at the occasion during his address
declared that the hospital from next year (2018) would focus on good customer care. He said, the hospital through its Internally
Generated Funds (IGF), completed the rehabilitation of all the Wards and road network of the hospital and constructed an
oxygen plant.He also made it known that the hospital is currently running a full paperless services in treatment of patients and
thanked all the stakeholders of the hospital for their support especially Chocho Industries and the staff of the hospital.


World Diabetic Day celebrated

ERHK Celebrate World Diabetic Day. Theme: “Women and diabetes - Our right to a healthy future”. Detail description of the activities that took place. The day began with health education at the main OPD on diabetes and information was given to clients to participate in the free blood glucose screening later in the morning. There was a launching of the world diabetes day at the   forecourt of the hospital. Acc. Head of Nursing and the Physician Specialist graced the occasion. The chairperson of the launching was Dr. James Appiah-Kusi (Doctor in charge of the DM/HPT clinic). The MC was Mr. Seth Twum. At the launching, the theme for the day’s celebration was introduced and purpose why the theme was chosen by the international Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) was also explained. The nurse in charge also talked about diabetes and its prevention.There was a free blood glucose screening after the day was launched and approximately 100 participants were screened. There was also a radio talk on Diabetes by Dr. Richard Nudotor at the Sunrise FM station. 


The Kangaroo Mother Care

Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is on–going in the Regional hospital in terms of keeping all premature and Low Birth Weight babies’(less than 37 weeks gestation and weight of less than 2.0kg) skin- to- skin with their mothers/relatives every two hours in order to keep them warm, alert and observe them for any change in condition since the year 2010. These babies would be in kangaroo position for a maximum of eight hours in a day for two hours interval to be fed interruptedly. These babies  
remain admitted on the ward from three weeks to two months and even more depending on how small they are, before they are discharge to go home for follow-up review at the general kids O.P.D. Until November 2015 when three staff was selected from the Regional Hospital, Koforidua in the categories of a Nurse, Psychologist and a Medical Officer to visit the Kangaroo Mother land in Colombia, Bogota where kangaroo mother care was discovered way back in the year 2000. These three staff namely Cynthia Martey (Nurse), Mr. Jacob Sarfo ( Psychologist), Diana Apanga (Medical Officer) went through two weeks comprehensive and intensive training in KMC Program scheduling working duties in SAN-IGNACIO and SAN JOSE hospitals for proficiency in KMC. The standard KMC Program  was initiated in the Regional Hospital, Koforidua in December 2016 when the adjudged/ accredited Kangaroo Ambassadors for Ghana came back to their hospital,  with the intra- hospitality/ in- patient kangaroo mother care. This was a continuation and addition of what was already done at the NICU for our Pre-terms babies.

The Kangaroo Mother Care Program is a comprehensive multi-professional management for premature and Low Birth Weight (LBW) babies (less than 37 weeks gestation and <2.0kg) from birth to one year corrected age.  

Doctors, Nurses /Public and Community nurses, Psychologist, Ophthalmologist, Audiologist, Physiotherapist, Pharmacist, Social Workers and other paramedics etc

The first component of KMC
The Kangaroo Position (the hall mark) This is skin-to-skin contact in between the breast of mother/relative/partner and baby and holding both firmly in position with a girdle or cloth to cover from baby’s neck and flexed legs and keep head supported regularly. Must be for almost all the time in the day, because the mother can  sleep with it and perform menial chores as well, like washing and others. 

NOTE: can be kangaroo father care, sister care, uncle/aunties/ grandparent care etc. Anybody can do it and that is why they need support from all.

a. Provides neutral warmth for the baby at all times.
b. Keeps baby stimulated and alert as mother cuddles, sings and perform other chores with baby in kangaroo.
c. The presence of baby in between the breast promotes and enhances lactation by Letdown reflex action.
d. Change in baby’s condition is early detected and intervene promptly, like apnea (baby suddenly ceasing breathing) and aspiration/     vomiting. This is common with pre-term babies since they forget to breathe sometimes. 
e. Kangaroo position promotes good bonding between mother and baby/ the career.
f. Evidence from a research conducted in Colombia indicates that the heartbeat of the mother/career sends impulses to the baby’s     brain cells there by growing faster than the pace of the premature baby. This then has positive effect on the IQ of the baby. 

The second component of KMC
Kangaroo Feeding and Nutritional Policies
The kangaroo baby feeds solely on breast milk if only the mother is available and stable to produce breast milk. Babies are put on special feeds if the mothers unfortunately pass out or on special medications that may negatively affect the baby. Feeding is done every two hours with strict monitoring and timing. It is documented on the feed chart when baby is on the ward.  

Breast feeding, positioning and attaching baby properly to the breast and continuous teaching and supervising the mum.
Cup feeding, expressing breast milk (EBM) to feed babies so they can have enough for growth since the jaw is not fully matured to suck well.  top ups done foe even those babies who suck. N G tube feeding, the EBM is passed through an oro or naso pharyngeal tube for babies with poor swallowing or other factors. 

Third Component of KMC
Early Discharge and Follow –up Reviews with Support system.The kangaroo mother care program enables us to reduce congestion at the NICU, because premature do not spend months on the ward anymore but are discharged as soon as mother baby are stable and adapted to the program. The routine drugs given to them are also started on the ward to monitor how well they are tolerated by the babies and mothers supervised on how to administer them; Caffeine Citrate, Folic acid, Haematovite and other specifics when needed. These babies are made to come for frequent follow-ups depending on the conditions of the babies.  
Visits start from 3-7days intervals initially, then gradual extending the days, weeks and months of visits. 
The KMC Program is in two main parts

1. The Intra-Hospital or In-Patient Adaptation to KMC; this involves identifying on daily basis the birth of anew born premature or Low Birth Weight(LBW) and mother/relative and initiating KMC as soon as they are stable as the protocol stipulates. This is done after educating mother or partners involved on the humane and best mothering skills with KMC.The psychologist must be involved in the initiation process to assist the mother or partners to reduce or overcome all fears, and  also to give special therapies if the need arises.In –patient conferences are organized for the mothers of KMC to share experiences and feelings and to visit the  
out-patient clinic before they are discharged.

2. Out –Patient follow up review with support system 
This is a clinic set up solely to monitor and review the growth and development of the premature and LBW babies who were discharged from the ward in the KMC in-patient adaptation program. Although new clients are received from referral points who do not know about KMC to the clinic. The setup has an in-patient  adaptation room, psychological assessment room, an open Drs review point and same open measuring point for nurses for modeling purposes. So mothers will learn from  each other as encouragement.

At the clinic, the following takes place:
Welcoming of clients with snapshots of KMC position , devotion and exhortation Health talk on vital topics by nurses and psychologist on; KMC program, exclusive breastfeeding, and ways of feeding the baby Child Welfare Clinic and immunizations,  
sharing of success stories of KMC, complementary feeding, stress and depression, massage therapy and so on.
In-patient adaptation for new clients , measuring of vital signs; weight, Head Circumference, Full Length, Temperature, SPO2 prn, etc.
Cord care and ear piercing

Out-Patient Clinic Started at R.H.K on the 16th of February 2016 with 8 clients without structures.
237 Clients in 2016, comparing of 120 and 117 of males and females respectively.
 Less than 1.0kg………………….21
 1.0kg -1.49kg ………………….. 73
 1.5kg - 1.99kg …………………. 8
 2.0kg – 2.3kg……………………47
 Less than 28 weeks ……..……. 13
 28 – 30 …..……………………... 45
 31 – 35 …………………………. 150
 36 -37 ………...............….…...... 11
The facility was visited by Columbian KMC Team specifically a Pediatrician and a nurse ( Sandra Pedro). Their visit was part of the monitoring and evaluation of
the K.M.C excellent center in Ghana as planned during the training of the ambassador. They were very much impressed of how far the program has been fully
emulated with a lot of success stories. They were amazed at the rate at which 0.5kg – 1.0 pre-term were thriving on KMC outpatient basis


90th Anniversary Celebration

The Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua celebrated its 90th anniversary in the year 2016. It marked the anniversary with a
year - long activities from January, 2016 to December 2016 under the theme “Celebrating 90 years of excellence in health care delivery - achievements, challenges and prospects”. This was climaxed with dinner and awards night in December, 2016. The sequence of events that took place are as follows: 

FloatHead of ENTFriday 27th May, 2016
Sports GalaKoforidua sport stadiumSaturday 4th June, 2016
Blood donation ExerciseMain Adult OPD, RHKFriday 1st July, 2016
Health Walk Principal streets of koforiduaSaturday 13th August, 2016
Free medical OutreachEffiduase Community center
Jackson Park
Zongo market
Saturday 8th October, 2016
Public LectureEastern Premier Hotel, KoforiduaThursday 18th November, 2016
Free medical screening School for the Deaf, KoforiduaWednesday, 14 December, 2016
Festival of Nine lessonsForecourt of dental clinic , RHKFriday 16th December, 2016
Awards and dinner nightBaca event centreFriday 23rd December, 2016


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