Hospitals in V/R urged to use IGF prudently

Dr Joseph Teye Nuertey, Volta Regional Director of Health, on Tuesday admonished the region’s hospital management teams (HMTs) to manage their internally generated funds prudently to deliver quality health care and improve their infrastructure.

“A critical analysis of financial resource allocation from Central Government indicated that the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) has become the main source of financing health care delivery in our hospitals”.

“The first half year has been difficult with regard to release of financial resources from the Central Government,” Dr Nuertey said.

Dr Nuertey said this in the 2014 half-year review Conference of Health Managers in the region under the theme; “Focusing on the Frontline Staff: A Key Determinant for Improving Access and Quality Healthcare in the Volta Region.”

The two-day conference will feature presentations and discussions on Clinical Care, Public Health, Immunization, Malaria, Monitoring, Maternal and Child Health and Management Practices and Systems among other things.

Dr Nuertey said except for neonatal care the region performed well in skilled delivery, post natal care, antenatal care and school health activities.

He said specialist outreach services to district hospitals and peer-review had contributed immensely to quality health care delivery in the districts.

The region, however, saw an increase in maternal mortality from 35 in the first half of 2013 to 47 as at June 2014.

Medical superintendents performed better in the first-half of 2014 compared with the same period last year.

Dr Nuertey said attitudinal problems among frontline staff accounted for low performance in some performance indicators.

“As health workers, we must uphold the values of the Ghana Health Service by demonstrating beyond all reasonable doubts that we are ready to provide quality and accessible health care services to our people,” he said. GNA

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