A 120-bed capacity private hospital has been commissioned at Atuba in the Binduri District of the Upper East Region. The Binduri District, until the commissioning of the hospital last Friday, had only a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound.
The commissioning came as a big relief to residents who often trek hours to neighbouring Bawku West and Garu-Tempane districts to access quality health care. Mr Emmanuel Abugri Azimbe, the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, which has been named the Azimbe Hospital, said the its establishment was a long-time dream he envisaged to help provide the needed health care to the people of Binduri and adjoining districts.
“That is the only way I can give back to the society to appreciate their effort, because there is no hospital in this district,” he said. The four million Ghana cedis ultramodern hospital has a theatre, laboratory, consulting rooms, maternity, male, female and children’s wards and all other important units to meet a hospital status.
Mr Azimbe assured clients of the Hospital of appropriate health care delivery because “of the competent staff the hospital is engaging.” Mr Anetu Damien Amoah, the Upper East Regional Quality Assurance Coordinator, entreated managers of the Hospital to be wary of quack medical practitioners who might want to compromise quality and safety of clients.
“These days we have a lot of people who roam about calling themselves health staff, doctors and what have you. You have to be on the lookout for people like that,” he said. Mr Amoah noted that the lackadaisical behaviour of staff towards clients was not common in the private sector and entreated managers of the Hospital to make “customer relations” key to service delivery.
Mr Yakubu Ayinga Abagre, the District Chief Executive of Binduri, said the commissioning of the Hospital had come to augment government’s efforts at providing quality and accessible health care to the people of Binduri and the country as a whole.