The Vice-Chancellor of University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) has appealed to government to resource the new Ho Teaching Hospital (HTH) with adequate infrastructure and other resources needed for a teaching hospital to achieve its ultimate goal of training health professionals for the country.
Prof John Gyapong made the appeal at the inaugural ceremony of the Ho Teaching Hospital, Monday .
He noted that it was a good thing to now have a teaching hospital in the Volta Region to help train health professionals but government needs to embark on a serious infrastructure improvement that befits a teaching hospital.
“There is currently a lot of pressure on us to increase the intake into all our programmes and also introduce new ones. Any such move will be contingent on massive infrastructure improvements at the hospital to make it fit for purpose to achieve the ultimate goals of training health professionals for the country.”
“There will be the need for the establishment of simulation centres and skills laboratories to enhance training. In the meantime, we intend to work closely with some satellite hospitals to facilitate our training,” he added.
Warlord of Asogli, Togbe Adzie Lakle Howusu XII, who represented Agbogbomefia of Asogli, Togbe Afede XIV, commended government for the elevation, asked for funds to support the upgrading of current facilities at the hospital.
Togbe Howusu said the conversion had brought about the need for a new Volta Regional Hospital to care for the health needs of people in the region and appealed to government to consider facilitating the process.
Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu assured that government would announce a new regional hospital to make quality health care services accessible to the people of the region and neighbouring regions such as Oti and Eastern regions.
Mr. Agyemang-Manu said the government was committed to giving the fifth teaching hospital in the country the needed support to become the premium in innovative tertiary health care delivery, medical education and research to serve seekers of tertiary health services.
Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, expressed hope about the transformation of the hospital which he said, would inure to the benefit of the region as it would attract consultants and experts into the region, thus, economic growth.
Dr. Letsa promised management and staff of HTH the readiness of the Regional Coordinating Council to support the hospital in any way possible to become of the best in Africa.