The Management of Akyem Oda Government Hospital has responded to the allegations levelled against the facility by the media about critical shortage of oxygen in the hospital.
In a press release, they stated that the allegations were untrue.
“During the reporting period there was no cancellation of surgeries due to oxygen shortage as alleged by the media”
“There was however,a problem with the installation of the oxygen plant at the accident and emergency unit which is being worked on”.
“They said there are oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators in the facility as a backup to provide services”
Speaking on the mortalities that occurred during the period,
the statement alluded that it was not associated with oxygen shortage but rather the confounding factors such as severity of the diseases and access to ambulance that affected the outcome.
They said there are proper channels of communication in the facility and Management’s doors are open through line managers in resolving all issues pertaining to service provision.
On the issues of the hospital not having a board, the statement cleared that per section 31.1 of the Ghana Health Service and Technical Hospital Act1996 (525), hospitals are to be managed by Hospital Management Committee and not boards.
They, however, allay the fear of the community patronizing the facility that logistics are available for all the services within the hospital’s limit.
Dr. Emmanuel K. Acquaah Harrison. Medical Superintendent.
Report by Samuel Quao.