As enshrined in the GHANA HEALTH SERVICE POLICY, institutions under this agency are enjoined to conduct series of assessments in in relation to the activities of the institution. These facets include but not limited to writing reports, conducting durbars and performance reviews of various kinds.
Notably so, performance reviews as the name connotes are meant to take a retrospective look at how far the units and entire organization achieved given a particular target within a particular variant period(s).
The EASTERN REGIONAL HOSPITAL, KOFORIDUA in pursuance to the above mandate held its 2019 ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW under the theme “Towards Quality Client Care” between Wednesday, 12th – Friday 14th February, 2020. The review for the first time was held at the Nurses Hostel Conference Room - Acheampong, a suburb of New Juabeng South Municipal Assembly: Koforidua.
The Acting Hospital Director, Dr. Cardinal Newton in his welcome address orated convincingly and unequivocally that, the theme for the occasion could not have bene any other than “Towards Quality Client Care” because of what the 95year old facility stands for i.e, “Excellence and Quality”. The client is the life blood of our facility – he added.
The year 2019 saw a general increase in all attendances. Whereas OPD attendance increased by 28,426 (i.e, 237,870 in 2018 to 266,296 in 2019), In-patient increased by 433 (from 21,014 in 2018 to 21,447 in 2019). Similarly, average daily OPD attendance rose from 826 in 2018 to 927 in 2019 with a corresponding increase in average daily admissions from 58 in 2018 to 59 in 2019.
Notable achievement included;
• Establishment of a well-functioning Endoscopy and Laparoscopy Unit
• Extension of Male medical ward (20 beds to 38 beds)
• Rehabilitation of main OPD and Kids OPD consulting rooms (with full air conditioners)
• HIV/AIDS clients are on paperless folder
• Establishment of Wellness clinic
• Implementation Queuing software at the Main OPD
SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THE POPULACE
The Chairman of the occasion Dr. Appiah-Kusi (Snr. Physician Specialist) in his closing remark promulgated that, there is the need for the media especially to raise its voice in relation to the upsurge of Non Communicable Diseases (life style diseases): hypertension, diabetes, stroke and cancers among others. This he said are the problem of Ghana and Africa at large and not politics.
Dr. Cardinal Newton in one of his response to the question during the press encounter on the Friday, 14th February 2020 said, the Wellness Clinic has come in time to help reduce this menace. Worthy of note is that, the Eastern Regional Health Directorate is setting up another wellness clinic to seriously address the issues of Non Communicable Diseases in the entire region.
The clue to reducing NCDs according to Dr. A.M.E Abou (Public Health Specialist and Head of Public Health Department) is to choose healthy life style and frequent screening. That is, the Ghanaians in their daily living must take exercising seriously, reduce intake of fatty and oily food (the so called fast food) and take screening seriously.
Commissioning of the refubrished Male Medical Block and Endoscopy and Laparascopy Unit
The eighteen (18) bed capacity male Medical ward which was successfully refurbished into a Thirty Four (34) bed capacity Male Medical Ward was duly commissioned by the able Core Management and assisted by guests on Thursday, 1st August, 2019.
In attendance were the Municipal DDNS (DDNS Irene Anowa), Regional Estate Manager (Mr. Gordon Anarfo) and the Media (TV3, GTV, JOY TV, JOY FM, etc.)
The Hospital Chaplain, Rev. Sackey Addo prayed for the official commissioning, after which he sprinkled Holy water to declare the block commissioned.
The Hospital Director, Dr. Kwame Anim – Boamah took the opportunity related that, the expansion was necessitated by the limited capacity to admit most especially referred cases which most often comes in at a terminal state. The project, according to the Hospital Director was funded fully from the Hospital’s Internally Generated Fund.
The occasion also provided an opportune platform to outdoor another flagship project (i.e, endoscopy and laparoscopy Units) funded by the Hospital’s Internally Generated Fund. The Endoscopy and the Laparoscopy Units serves as the first and only facility currently in the whole Eastern Region said Dr. Kwame Anim - Boamah
The Hospital Director in his closing submission expressed his profound gratitude to the project contractor (BA Company, a hundred percent owned company), the invited Guests, the Media, Core Management, and the entire staff for their unflinching support.
He said, the hospital would continue to do its best in terms of infrastructural development in the quest of becoming a place of excellent and quality healthcare provider.
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.