Member of Parliament (MP) for Daffiama Bussie Issa Constituency in the Upper West Region, Hon (Dr.) Sebastian Ngmenenso Sandaare, has called on government to considered upgrading one of the few health facilities in the constituency into a District Hospital to help reduce cost of health delivery.
According to the MP, the absence of a District Hospital and general lack of easy access to health facilities in the Daffiama Bussie Issa District was affecting the wellbeing of the people in the district.
Hon Sandaare who is a member of the parliamentary select Committee on Health told THE REPUBLIC following a question posed to the Minister for Health in Parliament last Friday.
He said, upgrading one of the existing health centers to a District hospital would help the district to get residents medical doctors to improve quality delivery of healthcare.
The MP lamented that,”most of the health issues in our districts calls for a resident medical doctor but because we don’t have a hospital to a district status, don’t accept posting and even if they accept they wold still be dormant because the facilities are not up to standard.”
Asking the question, Dr. Sandaare said he wanted to know from Minister for Health what plans the Ministry has to establish a District Hospital in the Daffiama Bussie Issa District.
But in response, the sector Minister, Mr Kweku Agyeman-Menu said, plans are far advance by government to provide districts hospitals in some districts across the country.
According to the Minister, the Upper West Region has been allocated three of the District hospitals to be build and Daffiama Bussie Issa District is one of them.
Nonetheless, Dr. Sandaare suggested that, if government was mindful, one of the existing health facilities could be upgraded to a district hospital, while effort been made to provide more facilities.
For the mean time, he added, the government should also consider providing an ambulance for the District to transport sick persons, especially women who go for labour and needed to be refers to other well equipped district hospitals.
He further called for completion of other health facilities in some communities in the district which were started by the erstwhile John Mahama administration to bring healthcare to the door-step of the people.
The Daffiama Bussie Issa lawmaker explained that, the lack of easy access to health facilities accounted for the number of health cases reported daily, saying, ” due to the inadequate health facilities and lack of good transportation system, minor ailments that could easily be treated are end up been complicated as a result of reporting them late.”
“As I speak to you now, we do not have reliable means of transport, the roads are bad, and there are no good commercial vehicles too. So common sickness like malaria and other minor illness at time leads to a serious case. The absence of medical doctor to exam at times cause most of the cases to get worse before they are referred,” Dr. Sandaare lamented.
He observed that even though there are some public health centers in the area, they are not up to the standard and the nearest referral hospital was the Regional Hospital in Wa which is over 28 kilometres from the district.
“This is why we are appealing to government to upgrade any of existing health centers to a district hospital. Without that we can never has residence doctor,” Hon Dr. Sandaare stated.
The MP noted that apart from the long distance to the referral hospital, the roads are also unmotorable.
He also urged the constituent to remain peaceful and patients while he continue with intensive lobbying with the government to consider their plight in healthcare and other needs.
He promised not to let them down as their representation in parliament.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba