Lack of facilities collapsing Tema General Hospital

Lack of facilities collapsing Tema General Hospital

The Tema Regional Government Hospital lacks essential equipment and other vital resources for their day-to-day activities. 

According to the National Tribute which made its investigations public, the major health facility serves not only the residents of the Tema Metropolis but it’s surrounding environs as well. Despite the huge role it plays in the health of the people it lacks basic resources for health practitioners to use in the course of their duty.

Statistics provided by an anonymous source within  the hospital shows that an average of 100 motor and industrial accidents are recorded yet the emergency centre of the facility is ill-equipped to work on most of these cases and their victims.

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The source disclosed to the paper that emergency victims were most at times put in the same wards as other patients due to the lack of beds in the facility. The hospital is a referral centre for both private and public hospitals with just a 294-bed capacity situated in industrial city of Tema.

The facility which is close to three major highways, namely Accra-Tema, Tema-Aflao and Tema-Akosombo roads receives most of its referrals from the Tema Metropolis, Ashaiman Municipality including the catchment area extending to Afienya, Dawhenya and Prampram in the Dangme East and West districts. It even receives referral cases from the Sogakope and Battor Catholic hospitals both in the Volta Region.

Since 2007 rehabilitation projects have been ongoing at the hospital. Notably the general theatre and other departments but renovation works has grinded at a halt due to certain challenges including lack of funds. Most of the structures have been abandoned by the contractors who say government has failed to pay them their monies. The maternity block has also suffered the same consequences leading to unnecessary deaths at the facility. The lack of facilities and equipment has led to so many referrals to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and other equally congested facilities.

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According to the paper, a number of pregnant women in labour were forced to give still-birth or die in the process with nurses raining insults on suffering patients. Patients were seen in the regional hospital seeking treatment but sleeping on wooden benches and on the bare floor.

A weeping pregnant woman who spoke to the Tribute newspaper said the situation was unbearable for them

"If I have money to be delivered of my baby at a private facility, why would I come and queue here with other pregnant women who equally have no beds to lie on, but are made to endure labour pains sitting on chairs overnight?"  She quizzed.

The Tema Government Hospital was built by Sir William Halcrow and partners who developed the Tema Port in 1967 as a clinic for the treatment of minor and major injuries of workers at the port. It currently has 21 various units which includes an internal medicine and intensive care unit, general surgery, physiotherapy, specialist clinics such as sickle cell, diabetic, among others with  40 doctors, 49 house officers, 430 nurses, interns and other general staff.

Credit: National Tribute 


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