Ms Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Health has commended the people of Nkoranza for setting the pace in the establishment of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) which had become a health system that most African countries now aspire to improve on the health needs of their people.
She commended the Roman Catholic Church for its invaluable role in establishing health facilities in remote areas, thereby making health delivery services accessible at the door-steps of the people.
Ms Ayittey made the commendation at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Saint Theresa’s Catholic Hospital at Nkoranza.
The anniversary which coincided with the inauguration of a new storey building for the Out-Patients-Department (OPD) and an Administration Block, was on the theme:”Forty Years of Contribution to National Health Care Delivery, Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward’’.
Ms Ayittey announced that government envisaged to train 2,000 Community Health Nurses and 10 Midwives in every district within the next four years to assist in providing long term family planning methods and services to enhance the use contraceptives and promote ante-natal and post-natal care services.
She expressed concern about the alarming death rate that resulted from smoking and alcohol consumption in developing countries, and called on Municipal and District Assemblies to lead in the campaign against tobacco smoking and alcoholism to save lives in the communities.
Right Reverend Dominic Yeboah Nyarko, Catholic Bishop of Techiman, commended Archbishop Emeritus Peter Kwasi Sarpong of the Kumasi Archdiocese, for approving the establishment of the hospital at Nkoranza in 1972.
He expressed appreciation to the late Nana Guakro Effa, Omanhene of Nkoranza Traditional Area for spearheading the establishment of the hospital for the people towards the development of the area.
Bishop Nyarko commended the efforts and hard work of Dr Theresa Jesuit Kunthurithy, the first Medical Officer of the hospital, who travelled from India to manage the hospital for several years.
He also commended Dr Inneke Bossman, a Dutch Medical Officer of the Hospital who assisted in the establishment of the Nkoranza Community Health Insurance Scheme in 1992, which paved way for the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme in the country.
Mr Francis Tawiah, Administrator of the hospital acknowledged the unique role played by the late Mr G. O. Boateng, a citizen of Nkoranza who offered a 20-bedroom house for the commencement of the Nkoranzaman Hospital now St. Theresa’s Hospital in 1972.
The late Mr Boateng in addition, provided GH¢1,000 and a Mercedes Benz saloon car to support activities of the hospital.
Mr Tawiah said the two projects estimated at about GH¢600,000 were funded from its Internally Generated Fund (IGF).
However, he complained about congestion at the maternity ward, and therefore uged philanthropists and benevolent organizations to support the hospital to improve on maternal and infant health delivery services.
Nana Okofo Agyapong the Third, Adontehene of Nkoranza Traditional Area who presided on behalf of the Omanhene, Okatakyie Agyeman Kodom the Fourth, commended Mr Nick Danso Adjei, a citizen of Nkoranza for constructing a mortuary for the hospital GNA