Mr Christian Baidoo, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital (ENRH) in the Western Region, has bemoaned the poor state of security at the hospital.
He announced that though it was the hospital’s mandate to provide health care to its clients in a safe environment, the state of security at the health facility currently was nothing to write home about.
He, therefore, called on the members of the public, benevolent organizations and the Government to come to the aid of the hospital in contracting more security guards and to enable it to fulfil its mandate in delivering quality health care for clients in the region.
Mr Baidoo who was speaking in an interview with the iGOGHANA recounted an incident where a patient was robbed of a sum of GH¢ 1,000 by an unknown person whiles at the ward.
He also bemoaned issues of absconding where clients do not pay for services rendered to them which in turn cause financial loss to the hospital and pleaded with the public to desist from such practices.
“People run away after receiving healthcare and do not pay for the services given to them. There was an instance where someone from Sekondi absconded after receiving six (6) cylinders of oxygen from the hospital. The cost is being borne by the hospital which is very bad”, he narrated.
According to the PRO, even though the Government has provided the facility with four security personnel, it was inadequate looking at the vast nature of the facility.
He hinted that Management has employed some people in addition to the ones employed by the Government however, payment of this personnel through the internally generated funds (IGF) was sometimes a challenge.
He stressed, “it is among some of these conditions that have made the security situation at the facility an attractive hub for thieves” and announced that the facility had begun installing security cameras at some vantage places to curb the menace.