UWR/Regional Hospital Lab opens, two days after a close down

Date: Friday November 16, 2018, 2:23 pm

Patient visiting the laboratory
The Upper West regional Hospital laboratory started duty yesterday after an earlier statement by Kankpi Thea the head of the Laboratory on Monday stated a closure of the laboratory. Some challenges such as luck of reagents and other logistics were attributed to the close down.

The statement prompted the invention of the regional minister, Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan, who held separate meetings with the laboratory staff and the hospital management.

Information available to watchGhana indicates attempts were made to prevent the minister from meeting the laboratory technicians alone.

Deep throat sources indicates lots of issues were exposed during the separate meetings compelling the minister to purchase the said logistics to cushion the situation at the hospital.

The statement issued on Monday indicated, the laboratory unit was no longer functional due to delays in the supply of requested logistics earlier these year.

According to Mr. Gameli Emmanuel Adzraku , the Regional Chairman of Ghana Association of Laboratory Scientists, explained that medicine had moved to evidence based treatment hence the need to test a patient before treatment begins, making the laboratory very integral in medical treatment and didn't deserve the kind of state the unit currently faces in hospitals.

‘nearing hot season would result to testing meningitis yet, reagents and logistics are not readily available at most laboratories across the region” he added.

He also revealed the state of the regional facility was a reflection of hospitals across the region and called on the hospital managements to consider the welfare of their lab technicians.

Speaking from the laboratories at the Wa regional hospital, the chairman of the laboratories association called on the general public to raise their voices to hospitals authorities to dedicate a fund for the laboratories for smooth operations.

Operations at the facility is back to normal as patients are accessing the lab for diagnostic purposes.

Source: UWR/Ghana/Watchghana

Author: Kantayir Digme    Verified


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