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Nov 6, 2013

Gov't Urged To Insure Public Hospital

Members of Parliament today urged government to take steps to ensure that all government hospitals in the country are insured against fire outbreaks.

The MPs who were contributing to a statement on the floor of the House by the MP for Effutu, Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin,"on the fire guts at the Winneba government hospital" also called for fire safety measures to be put in place at all health facilities across the country.

Mr Afenyo-Markin in his statement  explained  that "although there were no casualties , the health of the people of Winneba and its environs is in jeopardy because the hospital caters for about 400-500 patients daily and due to the effects of the fire it would be impossible for the hospital to discharge it medical duties effectively."

He intimated that the medical equipment lost included but not limited to surgical, medical, office and laboratory consumables and the total cost of the damage is estimated at over GHc 2 million according to the medical superintendent at the hospital, Dr. George Prah.

Mr Afenyo-Markin called on government to take steps to insure all government facilities nationwide to forestall any future occurrence.

He urged government "to consider an urgent replacement of all medical apparatus, gadgets and drugs to ensure a smooth re-mobilisation of resources to attend to the medical needs of the people.”

He also appealed to corporate Ghana to support the hospital to repair and replace damage items at the facility.

MP for Wa West, Joseph Yeileh Chireh in a contribution drew parliament’s attention to the spate of fire outbreaks in the country and the huge cost they saddle the nation with and urged government to look at insuring all hospital in the country.

Mr Chireh who is also a former Minister of Health, called on the Ministry of Health to support government hospitals by providing them with fire extinguishers to enable them protect their properties in cases of fire outbreaks.

The former Minister said hospital equipment and installations were very expensive and stressed the need to safeguard them from being destroyed by fire.

He proposed the passage of a bill by Parliament that would ensure a continuous check of properties in all health facilities to ensure that they were well maintained.

Titus Glover, MP for Tema East on his part urged the Health Ministry to take the necessary steps to rebuild and resource the burnt hospital to enable it continue operation as soon as possible.

He said human lives were very precious and appealed to the private sector to, as part of their corporate social responsibilities; assist the hospital to provide healthcare for the community.

Majority Chief Whip and MP for Asawase, Alhaji Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, on his part called for the   strict enforcement of existing laws on fire safety by ensuring that a taskforce is put in place to inspect all health facilities.

Theophilus Tetteh Chaie, MP for Ablekuma Central, bemoaned the maintenance culture of state institutions and urged the government to hold maintenance departments responsible in case of such outbreaks.

“It is time people are held accountable for such losses to enable us nib our poor maintenance culture in the bud,” he said.

Other contributors to the statement include Sarah Adwoa Sarfoa (NPP Dome Kwabenya) and Shirley Ayoko Botwe (NPP Anyaa Sowutuom).

Source :ISD (Gilbert Ankrah & Richie Asiedu)