Ebenezer Sowah, GNA
Anfoega (V/R), Nov. 09, GNA - The Anfoega Catholic Hospital, the first Hospital to be built in the then Keta-Ho Diocese, now under the North Dayi District in the Volta Region has turned 60.
The Hospital was built in 1959 by the Roman Catholic Mission with support from indigenes of the Anfoega community with the aim of meeting the health needs of the people of the Anfoega Township and its environs.
It is a member of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG).
Mr. Williams Ladzaka, Administrator of the Hospital speaking at the anniversary celebration under the theme "60 years of Quality Care Delivery; The Role of the Stakeholders, Challenges and the way Forward" said the milestone achievement of the facility could not be celebrated without given reverence to some individuals notably the late Fiaga of the Anfoega Traditional Area, Togbe Tepre Hodo III who championed the cause of seeing to the establishment of the Hospital to provide health services to the people.
He also heaped praises on some four individuals who also gave up their homes for the commencement of healthcare provision in the early 50s before the Hospital was built and some reverend sisters from the Netherlands who also came to assist in the provision of health care to the people
Mr. Ladzaka said the Hospital had a catchment area of about 1,600 kilometres square and served about 90,000 people with a staff strength of 212, comprising 139 on Government payroll and 73 paid through the Internally Generated Fund of the Hospital
He said the Hospital provided specialty services like gynaecology and surgical services but faced the challenges of inadequate staff accommodation and insufficient critical staff.
In a speech read on his behalf, Mr. Kweku Agyeman Manu, Minister for Health commended the management and staff of the Hospital for displaying professionalism in ensuring quality health care for people within and beyond the District despite the challenges.
He said the Ministry was making efforts to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, which sought to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all and at all ages was achieved by 2030.
Mr. Manu said the Ministry had keen interest in matters of public concern and advised that attention be paid to preventive health while efforts were being made to cater for the curatives in the system.
He said the Anfoega Catholic Hospital had benefited from support with medical equipment from the Equipment Replace Policy initiated by the Government in 2013.
Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister said the milestone celebration should challenge the management of the facility to improve service delivery.