La General Hospital inaugurates Emergency Unit

Accra, The management of La General Hospital in collaboration with the La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly has inaugurated a reconstructed five-bedroom Emergency Unit to serve patients in critical conditions.

The Hospital also commissioned an incinerator, a waste management facility and a walkway that links the Out Patients Department to the wards.

Dr Ebenezer Oduro Mensah, the Medical Superintendent, La General Hospital said the emergency rooms were renovated due to the unfortunate gas explosion that occurred near the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre at La, which claimed nine lives.

He said as part of holistic measures to deal with disaster, government supported the hospital with 60 per cent funding whilst the hospital through its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) contributed 40 per cent and raised additional funds to renovate the Emergency Unit to meet international standards.

According to Dr Mensah, the old Emergency Unit was in a bad state, with no privacy for patient’s care, a situation where passer-by could see what was going on in the Emergency Ward, saying; We felt that our clients should have a decent place when they are brought to the hospital.

He said the new emergency ward could accommodate five patients, explaining that it was, meant as a stabilisation unit for patients, and afterwards they would be moved to the ward for medical attention.

Dr Mensah, who is also a Family Physician, said the Hospital had to convert the Cholera Unit, which was supported by the Danish Embassy to a General Ward due to inadequate bed space for patients care.

As a result of the conversion, management of the hospital through their IGF, constructed a walkway to link that structure with their main hospital unit for easy access to the facility by patients, he added.

Dr Mensah said in 2016, the incinerator for disposal of waste in the hospital broke down and appealed to the La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly for support to construct an ultra-modern waste facility for the hospital.

He said the Hospital with support from the Assembly constructed the newly multi-purpose incinerator for waste management in the hospital, since waste disposal had been a serious challenge for the hospital.

Dr Mensah said the Hospital converted their Storeroom into a Physiotherapy Unit, construction is underway and due to be completed in 2018 to serve patients with physiotherapy problems.

He said the Hospital has two physiotherapists operating from a small consulting room, adding that, the yet to be completed unit would offer physiotherapy services to patients within La and its environs to ease the pressure on LECKMA and Ridge hospitals for services.

He said management would in 2018 renovate old structures such as the mortuary and the laboratory to ensure that the facility was in a decent state for clients care.

Dr Mensah said the Hospital did not do well in terms of maternal mortality and hoped to improve upon its care to reduce maternal and new born deaths as well as improve on its client’s service relations.

Madam Gladys Tsotsoo Mann-Dedey Municipal Chief Executive for La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly was impressed with the infrastructural development in the hospital and pledged the Assembly’s resolute support to improve health care delivery in the La community.

Source: Ghana News Agency