Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure effective health care delivery in the Northern Region. Government said, the second phase of the Tamale Teaching Hospital when completed will upgrade the hospital to a full flange teaching hospital.
The Health minister Dr Kwaku Agymang Mensah stated this when he inaugurated the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facility at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. A dedicated power line have been ensured constant power supply to the equipment.
The MRI is a unique tool that construct cross sectional pictures of internal organs and structures using radio waves and magnets.
Its technology uses a powerful magnet which provides a unique view into the interior of the human body as well as provide important diagnoses information that cannot be obtained with other imaging techniques.
The government realizing its importance in improving the health needs of the Ghanaians citizens factored in the provision of the equipment in the government of Ghana GoG budget to assist medical personnel carry out their duties.
The Health Minister said the equipment will enhance the status of TTH as a teaching hospital to carter for Northern, Upper East, Upper West, parts of Volta and Brong and Ahalf regions. ‘’The health of the citizens in this country is paramount in the development agenda of the NDC government’’ Dr Kwaku Agyemang Mensah stated.
Government the health minister said remains resolute and expansion access to quality healthcare continue unabated. The Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru Limuna thanked government for bringing the MRI to serve the people in the region.
He cautioned management and staff to stop factionalism that has gained grounds in the hospital.’’ You see the commitment of government of the day; a lot is being put into the facility, we cannot sit down and allow this hospital to be run down because of trivial issues’’, Alhaji Limuna appealed.
The factionalism the minister said, is negatively affecting the operations of the hospital. Prior to the appointment the current chief executive officer of TTH, Dr Prosper Akambong, there was acrimony and divisions in the hospital.
But the minister said struggle for power is over and all hands must be on deck to serve the vulnerable. Alhaji Limuna also urged those in the leadership to stop using their positions bully subordinates.
The chief Executive for the Tamale Teaching Hospital Dr Prosper Akambong said the MRI will relief the burden of their patients. Dr Akambong said the MRI service recounted how patients were uncomfortable any time they refer patients to either Kumasi or Accra by TTH was like signing a death warrant to them and believed it will improve the quality of clinical care.
According to Chief Executive, dialysis treatment costs between $150 to $200 at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.