Life finally found its way into the new Shai Osudoku District Hospital, which was commissioned amidst wild colorful celebrations in April 2016.
The 120 expandable bed facility on Tuesday, saw its first patients walk in, on a day it usually provides medical treatment to patients living with diabetes known as the diabetes clinic.
At 6.30am, patients had arrived, with most of them being aged. Some were seen holding hands with their relatives, others walking with a stick or a wheel chair, ushered in after the other by crisp, smart and neatly dressed nurses from reception into consultation.
The usual patient folder was virtually missing, paper less technology from one system to the other, nurses observed to be queuing codes, and necessary information which was accessible to the patients in their next stop.
Other departments took opportunity of the moment to check their stock.
The dispensary was not with the usual queues as there were only a few to be served their medication.
Some pregnant mothers who were given the opportunity of orientation through the facility.It was to enable pregnant mothers understand the ease they could have accessing the facility.
They were extremely happy over what new facility they have especially upon hearing that the waiting area wont be the usual heat filled or small space!
Dr Kenendy Brightson, the medical superintendent led the orientation exercise.
This expectant mother struck with the delivery ward decided to pose for a photo and remarked “Let’s bet, I will be the first to deliver here, this is my first child, and he deserves a VIP delivery”
Dr Patience Akudey together with Dr Allotey were at that time attending to the patients who sat at the OPD waiting.
Not immediately known, over a hundred patients were expected to be seen by the medical team present. Other routine services is expected to roll out soon.
Nurses and other allied staff have so far been taking through series of trainings to promote a safe and effective use of the medical equipment and to understand Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), user manuals and maintenance requirements.
The hospital houses the following;
The Dodowa District Hospital is expected to help solve the growing attendance crisis, providing faster and cheaper care for the Dodowa community.
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Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.