The Minister of Health Mr. Alex Segbefia has begun a nationwide tour of health facilities ahead of governments midyear review of its budget in June.
Briefing Mr. Segbefia on health issues in the region Dr. Sarpong said the region has 26 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies but they have district hospitals in 18 of them.
She also said even though there is a directive that every electoral zone must have a CHPS compound, "out of 875 zones we only have the facility in 573 zones". She was optimistic they will have CHPS compounds in the 302 electoral zones by end of 2016. She mentioned that "the poor nature of roads in the region as well as the vastness makes it quiet difficult for health personnel in the region"
The first health facility was the Koforidua Regional hospital. The Medical Director of the facility Dr. Kwame Boamah said they need equipments that will enhance their work. He mentioned "renal dialysis, MRI machine, endoscopic machines as the very urgent ones needed by the hospital". He also indicated that the minister has assured them "that he will make it one of his topmost agenda to push for those equipments for us"
At the Nankese Health Center the workers there complained of the long distance they need to cover before they get to work. They pleaded with the minister to help build at least two rooms near the hospital for two staff members to stay nearby just in case of emergencies. Similar challenges faced the staff of Akote CHPS compund. The final point of call in the region was the Suhum Government hospital. After touring the facility the minister met with the staff of the hospital who aired their grievances. The minister promised to address their challenges to the best of his power.
After the tour he Mr. Segbefia said he was impressed by the teamwork and output that it is bearing. He urged them to maximize their efficiency despite the difficult constraints they work under.