Parliamentary select committee on Health visits Sekyere East District

The Parliamentary Select Committee, as part of its three days tour in the Ashanti Region visited the Effiduasi District Hospital where the Vice chairman of the committee Hon Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie is a Member of parliament for the constituency.

In a meeting with the District Chief Executive Hon Mary Boatemaa Marfo, District Director of Health Mrs Dorothy Afoakwa and the staff from the assembly and the health directorate, the health director outlined series of problems affecting the efficiency of their work including her accommodation, transportation, inadequate staff personnel, lack of equipments and logistics and basic things needed for health delivery.

The situation was not different from the Effiduasi District Hospital where the committee met the management of the Hospital. Mr Felix Archer, the administrator of the hospital outlined the same problems as the health directorate but critically to add were no X-ray for the District Hospital, only two doctors serving a population of 72000 and irregular power supply which affects some drugs. The issue of NHIS was not left out because the tariffs is low but the top up is very high affecting the IGF of the hospital which is used to compromise the quality of health services delivery at the facility.

Hon Dr Kwabena Twum Nuamah, chairman of the committee and leader of the delegation expressed their sincere , profound and heartfelt gratitude to the staff for their commitment and dedication to work inspite of these numerous challenges. He called on philanthropists to help the hospitals raise to the status it deserves so that it can serve the purpose with which it was established in 1954 as a health post and later raised to the status of a hospital in 1996.

The committee visited the Asokore Community Midwifery Training School which is under construction.
Hon Mary Boatemaa Marfo, DCE for the Sekyere East District Assembly , on behalf of the District showed her appreciation to the committee for selecting the District and coming down to see their problems and appealed to them to support the MP for Effiduasi/Asokore constituency when he puts these and many problems facing the District on the floor of parliament

Emmanuel Appau Marfo/