The Principal Chief Physician Assistant of the Kona Health Center in the Sekyere South District of the Ashanti Region, Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Nti, has expressed worry about challenges facing his outfit, claiming they were beyond the control of management.
According to him, the facility lacks nurses’ quarters to enhance quality healthcare delivery to the people.
He mentioned the lack of an ambulance to convey referred patients, especially accident victims, to the nearest hospital for emergency treatment.
Mr. Nti indicated that the most disturbing challenge facing the facility was the recent review by the National Health Insurance Authority and Ministry of Health about the suspended antihypertensive drug (Nifedigine 20mg) from the various level B 1 Health Centres, which has resulted in low turnout at the facility.
He continued that the health center’s Maternity Ward was too small, to the extent that it can only accommodate three beds, but the facility is able to deliver 30 pregnant women every month.
The Physician Assistant has, therefore, appealed to the government, philanthropists, indegenes resident home and abroad, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come to their aid in order to offer quality healthcare to the people.
Mr. Nti raised these concerns during the commissioning of a Children’s’ Ward, which was built by some natives resident in the UK, Italy and USA, to help the facility avoid the use of a common ward by children and adults.
The Chief of Kona, Nana Konadu-Yiadom IV, expressed appreciation for the gesture, and thanked the stakeholders for contributing their widow’s mite towards construction works at the hospital.
The Chief donated 50 bags of cement towards projects at the hospital.
The District Chief Executive, Madam Katherine Reckling, noted that the new Children’s Ward would improve the infrastructure of the Kona Health Centre, and enhance healthcare for children in Kona and its environs.
She thanked the donors for the facility, and appealed to others to emulate their good work.