Swedru Government Hospital laboratory in crisis

The Laboratory Department of the Agona Swedru Municipal Government Hospital has ceased performing its critical functions following the breakdown of the Hematology and Biochemistry Analyzer machines over two months ago.

The breakdown of the two important machines has impacted negatively on the daily attendance at the Out Patient Department (OPD) of the hospital.

Mr Andrews Adjei Annan, Head of Laboratory Department of the Hospital in an interview at Agona Swedru said that patients, mostly pregnant women and others with various diseases which laboratory tests are required are referred to private laboratories.

He said basic laboratory investigations carried out on pregnant women who are due for labour and surgery at the theater or on admission at maternity ward cannot be done.

Mr Annan said these machines are also used to check the new born babies and mothers who were in critical condition in order to refer to doctors for emergency treatment.

He said the laboratory work has become very difficult due to the malfunctioning machines.

Mr Annan said the two machines were donated by the National AIDS Control Programme in 2009 and needed immediate replacement to care for clients of the health facility.

Mr Annan said the management of the hospital has officially written to Central Regional Health Directorate about the state of the machines.

He appealed to Non-Governmental Organizations, financial institutions and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the hospital.

Source: GNA

AGONA WEST: Nine Schools Score Zero Percent In BECE

A total of nine schools in the Agona West Municipality of the Central Region scored zero percent in the 2013 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE).

Mr Samuel Oppong, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) made this known when he addressed the first ordinary meeting of the Assembly at Agona Swedru.

According to him, available statistics indicate that out of 2,182 candidates who sat for the examinations, only 848 candidates passed, representing 38.8 percent.

He attributed the bad results to teacher-absenteeism, and said this constituted a major drawback on education delivery in the Municipality, and said the Municipal Educational Oversight Committee had put in place measures to reverse the situation.

Mr Oppong who is also the chairman of the Educational Oversight Committee, said the measures include teacher promotion, Best Teacher Award, institution of welfare services and sanctions on recalcitrant teachers.

He charged the Agona West Municipal Directorate of Education to work hard to promote education at the Junior High Schools (JHS).

The MCE said government was sinking millions of Ghana Cedis into education, and asked the teachers to work hard to reciprocate the gesture.

Mr Oppong said the Assembly in collaboration with the Agona West Municipal Health Directorate, had put in place plans to educate the public against the spread of communicable diseases.

On revenue, the MCE said the Assembly has put in place measures to improve revenue mobilization to improve the financial position of the Assembly.

Source : GNA