The main medical facility which serves as a referral hospital in the Upper West Akyem District (Adeiso and its environs) has only 8 beds, 5 for general cases and 3 for maternity cases.
This came to light during a phone interview with Dr Frederick Duah, the Deputy Medical Director for the facility on Rainbow radio 87.5fm this morning.
He was asked to outline some of the challenges confronting the medical facility.
The facility he noted records about 200 patients in a day.
The number he stated is on a higher side however, the challenges confronting them are enormous.
He further revealed that pregnant women are allowed to sleep on benches, the floor and also in the general ward due to the inadequate beds.
The medical officer said about 53 CHIP Compounds all refer cases to the medical facility but the materials and equipment there are ‘’seriously inadequate’’.
It has emerged that some nurses at the medical facility which serves as the referral centre for residents at Adeiso and its environs, are trading in the sale of drugs [black market] to patients who come to the facility.
The nurses according to an exclusive report filed by Rainbow Radio’s Prince Collins Bening, purchase variety of drugs from various drug stores and subsequently sell them to patients.
The practice he noted, has been ongoing for some time until the attention of the Deputy Medical Director, Dr. Derrick Duah was drawn to it.
According to him, the activities of the nurses affected the operation for National Health Insurance card bearers since the nurses prevented them from using the medical facility’s pharmacy.
When contacted, the Deputy Medical Director, Dr. Derrick Duah confirmed the revelation adding, he discovered the illegality after taking over office.
He explained, it is not allowed by law for health professionals to use a government facility to engage in such illegality.
‘’I wasn’t happy about the situation because it is not allowed by law to use a government facility to do business and sell drugs. I put in measures to halt this illegality.’’
He was however quick to add that, the situation has minimised and was not as serious as before-due to the measures he put in place.
When asked what could be contributing to the situation he said, a number of factors including the desire to make money could be a major factor.
Dr. Derrick Duah when asked if the offenders were punished said, they were sanctioned and made to desist from engaging in the illegal activity.
The District Chief Executive (DCE), for Kwahu East district in the Eastern region, Mr. Isaac Agyapong has pledged to join forces with the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abetifi Bryan Acheampong, to give Kwahu East a facelift.
The optimistic DCE in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Kwadwo Asiedu Ansah revealed that, they have manged to put up a proposal through which a tractor and about 5,000 cutlasses have been bought and will be distributed to farmers.
Mr. Agyapong added he will hold meetings with stakeholders to formulate ideas in dealing with the Fulani menace.
He described the Fulani issue as a security threat hence the need to address it holistically.
‘’I will collaborate with the MP so we can work hard to give Kwahu East a face-lift…We have a lot to do to ensure that the district develops.’’
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Mr. Amponsah Bediako has denied that he was fully aware of the rot perpetrated by Dr. George Crenstil, the former Executive Director.
According to him, they heard from the grapevine about the corrupt deals under the former boss but due to fear of intimidation couldn’t come out clear on it.
He said, sometimes when such corrupt acts are being perpetrated, it’s done in secrecy so it will be difficult for one to know.
Dr George Crentsil, the immediate past executive director of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), has been accused of receiving a $1.2 million kickback.
He reportedly gave the company a GHC15 million contract to build a new block at the standards authority training school. He then received $1 million from the company and later got the remaining $200. The Joy FM report said the contractor failed to complete the project, prompting an investigation when the Akufo-Addo government took over.
The PRO stressed that, because his government was in power, he was not perturbed about anything and so I am happy there was a change of government. We have to investigate and deal with the matter.
He added, Dr. George Crenstil overstayed his job as former Executive Director and was serving with impunity.
Mr. Amponsah revealed further that Dr. Crenstil even after his tenure was due told the board that he had been awarded a year contract.
''He refused to go even after his tenure was due,'' he said.
The cost of a new military cemetery at Burma Camp has been slashed by $1.5 million.
The Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul some few weeks ago ordered an investigation into the cost of a new military cemetery at Burma Camp valued at $6 million.
A review of the contract has seen the cost come down to $4.5 million, the Deputy Defence Minister Major Rtd Derek Oduro has said.
The Ministry he added will push for a further downward review of the cost, which included the wall, the car park and a room for caretakers.
“We thought it was on the high side so we called the contractor and the other stakeholders, who came and briefed us. Yesterday they met us at the Ministry of Defence and the amount has been cut to $4.5 million. The contractors have reviewed the cost of the project. Some other changes have been made and that made it go down, as we were told the other day.”
According to the Deputy Minister, the Ministry had value for money on its mind and “we think that construction of this small project should not cost so much.
When asked what brought the cost down he said, “that the walkway was to be done with asphalt, but it has been changed to concrete pavement and I saw no difference between the two.”
Former president John Dramani Mahama says he stands in solidarity with the victims and families of the Manchester bombing.
The blast killed 22 people and injured dozens more at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.
Terrorist group, Isis has claimed responsibility for the attack, hailing the bomber as a "soldier of the caliphate".
The attack took place on the fourth anniversary of the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, which was inspired by al-Qaeda propaganda on avenging civilian casualties in the Middle East.
The former president in a tweet said, “I stand in solidarity with the UK. My thoughts are with the families and victims of the Manchester terror attack.’’
President Nana Akufo-Addo will leave for Sierra Leone for a day’s visit today [Wednesday].
The visit forms part of his tour of all West African countries.
While in Serra Leone the president will hold bilateral talks with his counterpart Ernest Bai Koroma.
He is also expected to meet Ghanaians in Sierra Leone where he will reveal his plans for Ghana.
The President will return later in the day.
The Ofankor circuit court presided over by Justice Seth Darko has remanded Riddick Afrifa, and Odei Asante into police custody for two weeks.
Appearing before court on Tuesday, the two charged with harassment and impersonation have pleaded guilty.
According to the police, the two terrorised and harassed residents of Kasoa and its environs in military uniforms.
During the questioning it came to light that the two were not military men but civilians.
The suspects told the Police that they had lived in the barracks for years.
They were charged with two counts of offence namely; harassment and impersonation.
They will re-appear before the court on June 6, 2017.