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13.02.2006 Health

Swedru Government Nurses protest

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Agona Swedru, Feb 13, GNA - Nurses and staff of the Swedru Government Hospital, have expressed concern about the accusation of rude behaviour and unprofessional conduct levelled against them by residents of Agona Swedru.

They made their sentiments known when Mr Ben Mensah, Agona District Chief Executive (DCE) paid a visit to the Hospital to learn at first-hand problems facing the management to address perceptions and complains against them by the public.

Mrs Gloria Aseidu and Ms Margaret Nyakoh a paramedical staff and a Nurse respectively told the DCE that they were not happy about insults on them by residents of the town from taxis and trotro vehicles, which dampen their spirits.

Ms Nyakoh contended that the staff were caring, sympathetic and discharged their duties professionally and denied that they maltreated, swindled and exhibited bad manners towards patients. Dr Dzifa Damanya, Medical Superintendent, said the management was using internal generated fund to renovate the main ward, which would only males on completion.

He said the Hospital's revenue has increased and collected 15.9 million cedis last month alone because of the District Mutual Insurance Scheme, which was started last year.

Dr Damanya stressed the commitment of the staff to work hard and with dedication with the take off of the health insurance and said that the Hospital lacked toilet facilities for the public while the mortuary had been closed down for renovation.

He said the Japanese International Corporation Association (JICA) was constructing a 30-bed ward at the cost of 75,000 dollars about 600 million cedis.

Dr Damanya stated that the Hospital was facing serious accommodation problem, adding that a Pharmacist transferred there could not be accommodated and appealed to District Assembly for assistance. Mr Mensah urged the staff to work hard to redeem the sinking image of the hospital, saying that the public would change their perception depending on their attitude to work.

He assured that management that the Assembly would construct a modern toilet facility and provide accommodation for a third Doctor to be posted to the District.