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PARAMOUNT Chief of Prestea-Himan Traditional Area in the Prestea-Huni Valley District of the Western Region, Nana Ntaboah Prah IV, has appealed to government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to, as a matter of urgency, construct a new hospital for the gold mining community.
The chief observed with grave concern the rising rate of overcrowding of patients in the existing Prestea Government Hospital which is currently providing healthcare service to over one thousand and seven hundred (1,700) people in the gold-prone areas of the district.
According to him, the establishment of a new ultra-modern hospital in Prestea would complement government’s efforts of providing quality and affordable healthcare delivery to the growing population of the people in the area.
Speaking in an interview with Today yesterday, Nana Ntaboah Prah IV stated that he together with his elders had earmarked a vast land for that purpose and pleaded with government to see to the immediate construction of a new hospital to be added to the existing Prestea Government Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Prestea Government Hospital, which has limited health equipment and machines, Today gathered, has over time experienced congestion and seen relatives of patients sleeping on bare floors, beside their children on admission. “What we are seeing here in a Government Hospital is just one in a lifetime thing.
Some of the mothers would have to sleep on the floors; you see the size of the beds, cots, so where will the mothers sleep? It is either they are sitting in chairs or sleeping on the floor. “…we have people coming all the way from our villages and towns in the region with a family, let’s say, mother, father, a child who is sick, and another child, so if you come here at night, you’ll see people sleeping on the floors,” sources close to Prestea explained to Today.
But, Nana Ntaboah Prah IV, who could not hide his frustration, told Today that what the hospital needs was a “better, bigger place and also space for the parents” to also stay, especially for those who are coming from outside the region. He pointed out that the condition of the hospital was getting very bad looking at the poor nature and non-spaces of the only state-owned health providing facility in Prestea township.
Source: Freeman Koryekpor Awlesu || Todaygh