The Sunyani Regional Hospital has been transformed into a teaching hospital, health officials announced over the weekend.
On behalf of President Nana Akufo Addo, the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, said the government is working assiduously to develop a 60-bed capacity infectious disease centre at the Sunyani Teaching Hospital to deal with outbreaks and to ensure that the country is better prepared to respond to future epidemics.
According to him, his government has also completed 19 health facilities in the Bono Region which includes a 50-bed capacity hospital in Tain, and 17 CHIP compounds with staff accommodation.
The president said as of December 2022, the NHIA had an active membership of 17.2 million which has increased to 17.5 million as of the end of the third quarter of 2023.
The medical director and now CEO of the STH, Dr Cardinal Newton, said a 30% reduction in mortalities has been recorded as a result of the recent retooling of the surgical and emergency units.
According to him, the facility needs massive upgrade to incorporate facilities such as a teaching and learning centre, a modern polyclinic, expansion of a medical and surgical unit, a diagnosis centre and staff accommodation among others.
The transformation of Sunyani Regional Hospital to a teaching hospital comes with the establishment of a medical school at UENR, with more planned for other universities in Sunyani as well as the provision of additional health services to the Bono Region and beyond.
The Sunyani Regional Hospital was established in the 1920s with its old premises now the Sunyani Municipal Hospital. It moved to its current modern facility in 2003.
Reporting by Daniel Donkor from the Bono Region
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