From David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast
The Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, has revealed that she has been overwhelmed by the fast rate of expansion of the University’s Hospital that began as a clinic attached to the female Adehye Hall in 1962.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the UCC, Prof. Domwin Dabire Kumpole, at the end of year get-together of the hospital staff last Saturday, she observed that the hospital, which was constructed to take care of only staff of the university and their dependants, as well as students, has witnessed fast growth and expansion, and was attracting the general public, owing to its quality healthcare delivery.
According to Prof. Opoku Agyemang, the inauguration of various facilities had strategically positioned the hospital to compete effectively in the health sector, adding that her information showed that the hospital was currently one of the best hospitals in the Central Region, and the country as a whole.
She said attendance at the hospital increased from 48,892 in 2008, to 55,404 in 2009, adding that as of September 2010, 43,284 people had utilised the facilities of the hospital.
She therefore, commended the staff and the management of the hospital for their commitment to work that had contributed to the enviable position chalked by the hospital in recent years.
The VC pledged that the Central Administration of the University would support the hospital to meet some of the challenges facing it.
On his part, the Director of the UCC Health Services, Dr. Azeez Kabiru Korebele, enumerated some of the projects that had been inaugurated.
Some of the projects were the expansion of record units, renovation of kitchen, completion of counseling unit, completion and furnishing of 40-bed ward, creation of doctor’s rest room and completion of emergency ward.
Dr. Korebele went on to say that his outfit had lined up activities for 2011, which included staff training, and equipment and logistics acquisition to revamp clinical services.
He added that the hospital administration was planning to acquire an additional ambulance, and was also in process of requesting for staff bungalows, as well as land for staff bungalows in future.
Currently, the UCC hospital has 259 staff, with 10 doctors and 72 nurses, and as at September this year, it had not experienced any maternal deaths.
During the end of year get-together celebration, which was dubbed ‘Bull Party’, the entire staff engaged in sporting activities in the morning, and danced themselves out in the evening to gospel and some secular music from renowned Ghanaian Highlife musician Gyedu Blay Ambolley.