From Samuel Mensah Torbizo-Kumasi
Ghana Adventist Health Service (GAHS) under the South Central Ghana Conference (SCGC) of the Seventh Day Adventist church, as part of its complementary role to the efforts of the government, towards creating access to health care delivery to all, has achieved another mile stone, when they commissioned an ultra modern hospital at Ahisan in Kumasi.
The new health facility, which brings to second of such specialized hospitals the church is running within the Kumasi Metropolis after Kwadaso SDA hospital, is to offer affordable and accessible healthcare services to the urban poor and rural communities.
The hospital which is affiliated to Adventist Health International (AHI), Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), and Ghana Adventist Health Service (GAHS), has been named after the president of Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) in the United States of America (USA), Dr. Richard Hart for his instrumentality leading to the establishment of the health facility.
The hospital at its peak of operation, would offer services such as surgical, dental eye, ear and throat, dialysis, orthopedic, maternal and child health.
The executive secretary of South Central Ghana Conference, pastor Amponsah Mensah, giving a brief background of the hospital , noted that the church was always proud of being in the forefront to champion the holistic healing to people though both preventive and curative health services.
According to him, the church is committed to creating awareness on lifestyles of modification principles to campaign against smoking, drug and substance abuse and education on nutrition, exercise and weight control.
He observed that the improper way of waste disposal from Kumasi Abattoir is major challenge to the newly commissioned health facility is set to battle with.
This, he noted, has created serious health hazard to the communities around the abattoir and thus appealed to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and other regulatory bodies to put in place pragmatic measures to ensure that the operators of the abattoir are conformed to the best hygienic practices.
The Ashanti Regional Minister , Alexander John Ackon, observed that the health sector was one of the areas which the government has been working assiduously to improve to create accessibility to health care delivery irrespective of the geographical location of the people.
He said, the axiom that “ a healthy nation is a wealthy nation ’’ ,government believed that healthy workforces definitely would lead to production of population which ultimately in return help to eradicate poverty among the people.
Mr. Ackon explained that the government as its commitment to tackle head on the issues confronting the health sector, district hospitals were being provided at some district capitals in the region.
He mentioned some of the beneficiary district capitals as Tepa, Fomena, Kumawu, Konongo,Bekwai among other.
“The successful commissioning of the Hart Adventist Hospital, has once again amply demonstrated the church’s commitment to extend quality health services to the doorstep of the residents of the city apart from its efforts at spreading the gospel for the spiritual advancement of the people,” he remarked.