Dr Mildred Kumassah, Medical Director of the Maamobi Hospital, has appealed to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to provide them with an ambulance for effective healthcare delivery.
She said the facility was formally a Polyclinic, which has been upgraded to a hospital to provide excellent healthcare services to the people.
Dr Kumassah made the appeal when she received relief items included mattresses, Voltic water, key soaps, Omo and blankets jointly presented to the hospital by the AMA and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), to facilitate effective quality healthcare services to the cholera patients on admission.
She expressed joy that the spread of the disease had drastically reduced to at least five to eight cases daily, adding that 400 cases were so far reported with five deaths.
“We increased our efforts to bring the situation under control,” and advised the people to watch where they ate and adhere to personal hygiene to ensure total eradication of the disease.
Dr Kumassah stressed: “We are grateful to the AMA for having recognized our effort” and appealed to other non-governmental organisations to also support the hospital.
In a related development, Dr Ebenezer Oduro Mensah who received some items on behalf of the Ridge Hospital at Adabraka in Accra also expressed happiness that the cholera patients the facility admit daily had reduced from 50 to 12.
He asked for more support from the AMA, adding that: “We are beginning to see the end of cholera in our society, but the public health education must continue for the people to know the importance of personal hygiene which would help curb the disease.”
Dr Mensah said the items would go a long way to address problems facing health personnel at the hospital.
Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Chief Executive of the AMA who presented the items to the two hospitals gave the assurance that that AMA would sustain the cleanup exercises that it had begun.
He said waste management contractors who would fail to collect waste in their assigned areas would be sanctioned to ensure that the metropolis was free from the spread of the disease.
“Records indicate that majority of the cholera patients in the metropolis came from the illegal settlements… where a lot of unhygienic drinking spots were identified, hence the need for places such as “Mensah Guinea” needed to go.”
Dr Vanderpuije said “If the AMA did not take the necessary measures to remove all illegal structures where so many people engaged in the cooking of foods sold to the unsuspecting public, the whole metropolis would be in danger.” GNA