Blocked housing project at Akatsi southern district hospital exacerbates housing problems for health workers
Providing health care in the southern Akatsi district has become a challenge, especially with regard to decent accommodation for hospital workers and staff and the health directorate.
The housing units that started up a few years ago are at a standstill, making the work of the staff very difficult due to the unavailability of decent housing near the hospital.
According to some staff, some practitioners assigned to the facility have left, adding that the situation is also strongly affecting service delivery.
Construction of staff apartments, including the expansion of the hospital theater, rooms, senior management bungalows and mortuary facilities, has come to a standstill.
The projects which also included rooms for women and men, a building with 40 staff rooms, 2 bungalows for senior staff, a laundry room, a recovery room, a theater and a mortuary service started in 2013 and should be completed. in 2016.
The entrepreneur, according to a worker who spoke to JoyNews on condition of anonymity, has left the site since 2016.
The paintings on the walls are almost faded and weeds are invading the whole establishment. The ceilings are partly removed, objects stolen from the rooms and algae growing on most buildings.
The hospital, however, spends 30,000 a year on staff housing, while the apartments are left to rot, resulting in a waste of resources.
“Some of us stay very far from the hospital and when there is an emergency at the hospital, it becomes a problem because of the distance between the hospital and our rented residences,” lamented a member of the hospital. staff.
Aside from accommodation issues, the main hospital also lacks a medical superintendent’s office and convalescent service, making work difficult for workers at Akatsi hospital.
A senior executive, according to JoyNews, has died due to the lack of a recovery service to monitor the progress of his recovery.
“And in the absence of the convalescent service, diagnosed patients who are expected to spend more days in hospital for further treatment are urged to return home for cultural medication, to pave the way for admission. new patients, ”said a staff member.
South Akatsi’s health director Dr George Nyarko said the situation was not good and called on the government to quickly end the project to accommodate the staff.
According to Dr Nyarko, having staff on site would improve the quality of health care.
He stressed that it is very important that projects are completed as soon as possible to allow staff to work effectively and efficiently.
The hospital began operating in 1994 as a dental clinic, but became a health center in 1996 and was subsequently elevated to the district hospital level in 2006 with a current critical staff of six licensed physicians to train internal surgeons.