By Cecil Mensah
Officials at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), have hinted that the contract between Phillips Medicals, to manage and replace obsolete medical equipment in the various hospitals across the country will end in 2016.
According to the officials, since the GHS signed the contract with Phillips medicals, it has been responsible for the maintenance of all the medical equipment in all the hospitals.
They claimed that the company since the signing of the agreement the company has been able to replace most of the obsolete medical equipments in the various hospitals thereby making health delivery a reality.
The officials of GHS alerted the Minister for Health Dr Kweku Agyemeng Mensah about the state of the contract, when he paid a working visit to the Ministry’s office of GHS in Accra to acquaint himself with the operations of the service.
According to them, the contract over the years has been laudable to the service and maintenance of equipment, particularly in the various teaching hospitals in terms of retooling the hospitals to deliver quality healthcare.
They called on the Minister and the Ministry of Health to take steps to have the contract renewed to further augment the retooling initiative of the Ministry and the Service.
Speaking on behalf of the managers at GHS, Dr Appea Denkyira, the Director-General of GHS, expressed concerns about the scattered agencies under the service and called on the Minister to harmonized all the activities of these industries.
He pledged the service is working to make customer care as one of it cardinal points in the delivery of healthcare.
According to him, this is one area that patients have descended on service providers in the country.
He said, the service has plans to establish in all ten regions neonatal and incubator services to save the life of premature babies.
On his part, Dr Kweku Agyemang Mensah said, he had taken note of their concerns and needed steps would be taken.
He reminded them to intensify the Community Health Initiative Programme (CHIPS) to extend medical service to the remote areas.
He warned the service to make it a point that Doctors who refuse postings to the rural areas after their housemanship would not be allowed to pursue their master’s programme.
He tasked the managers of the service to endeavour to protect their institutions at all cost.
The visit further took the Minister to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Korle-Bu Polyclinic, where he interacted with the managers of the cholera situation and the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Samuel Asiamah.
He called on them to avoid one individual to hold the hospital to ransom.
He gave the assurance that he will do everything as Minister to help in the smooth running of the hospital.