Nsakye Community Clinic nurses threaten to abandon post …if bad condition of facility is not addressed
Nurses and other supporting staff of the Nsakye Community Clinic in the Akuapem South Municipality have threatened to abandon their respective posts if the condition of the facility is not addressed immediately.
The Community Clinic, which was constructed on February 27, 2005 by three pastors through the Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission of Michigan, USA, has not seen any major renovation.
The three pastors are Rev. Michael C. Murphy, Pastor of St. Stephen’s Community Church, Lansing, Rev. Walter W. Reid Snr., Pastor of Trinity AME Church, Lansing, and Rev. Jonnie B. Saulsberry, Pastor of Greater Southern Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit.
Speaking to the Eastern File during a visit to the community, Madam Ernestina Nsomaa, a Rotational Midwife at the clinic, lamented bitterly over how it was becoming increasingly challenging working at the facility.
According to her, the clinic serves four communities – Nsakye, Kojokrom, Otiakrom and Homedakrom – which is known as Shalom, with daily Out Patient Department (OPD) attendance of 120.
The clinic provides services, including family planning, child welfare clinic, delivery, postnatal care, OPD, and dressing among others.
The Rotational Midwife indicated that there was no nurses’ accommodation, wash rooms for nurses and patients, bath house, pipe-borne water among others, a situation that has prevented most of the nurses from staying around, because the one and half available room they have also leaks when it rains.
The only makeshift washroom and bathroom for both nurses and patients cannot also be used again, because the doors are broken, forcing patients to adapt to responding to nature’s call around any available bush.
Following lack of accommodation, one of the rooms has been converted into records keeping, drugs and ward for both men and women at the same time, leading to lack of patient privacy and confidentiality.
Another room serves as both delivery ward and family planning center, with an occasional benching of antenatal care patients outside and attending to pregnant women in one room for emergency treatment when there is heavy attendance.
Whilst reptiles such as snakes and scorpions are by far described as friends to the clinic following the busy and untidy nature of the area, the walls are visibly cracked posing a danger to the nurses and patients.
Patients and nurses, according to information gathered by the Eastern File, sometimes have to run for their lives when their friends (the reptiles and scorpions) decide to visit them during working hours.
As if that is not enough, the only pavilion used for weighing among other activities collapsed during a heavy rainstorm, and it appears nobody has seen the need to provide shelter for the aforementioned activities.
The leadership of the clinic has, therefore, called on the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the area, the Assembly Member, including the chief, to come to the support of the clinic before they (nurses and other supporting staff) desert the place.
Responding to the call of the leadership of the clinic, the Assembly Member for Nsakye Electoral Area, Jacob Affum Addo, urged the electorate within his jurisdiction to help the various communities in developmental projects.
According to him, notwithstanding the fact that it is the government’s responsibility to bring development to its people, it would also not be far from wrong when the communities and the people take the development of the area into their hands.
Touching on his electoral area for example, he disclosed that there are over 27 of them in the Akwapim South Municipality, which are equally fighting for their share of the national cake, a situation that if the community and the people did not help themselves, it would retard development in those communities.
The Nsakye Electoral Area Assembly Member continued that his priority was to support the electoral area in order to transform with a higher level of developmental projects, and, therefore, promised to seek support from other individuals and corporate bodies to renovate the community health centre, and, if possible, construct a new one.
He, however, commended the health workers for working assiduously in order to deliver proper health care to the residents.