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Accra hospitals reeling from power and water shortages
From: Ghana|Joy News|Beatrice Adu          Published On: February 7, 2013, 19:44 GMT
 
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Accra hospitals reeling from power and water shortages
The ongoing water and electricity rationing is taking its toll on some health facilities in Accra, the nation’s capital.

The Ghana Water Company introduced the rationing last week, citing faulty machinery.

The ongoing load shedding exercises in the capital and other parts of the country have compounded the problem.

Joy News’s Beatrice Adu took a tour of some of the health facilities in the capital to find out how they have been coping with the shortages. She described the situation as worrying.

She reported that frustrated maternity ward attendants at the Kaneshie Polyclinic could not hide their disgust at the irregular provision of basic services.

Some of them were angry because there was no water to clean up the blood of a woman who had bled profusely in the ward after delivering her child.

Some nurses took Ms Adu around the facility so that she could see for herself the extent to which the shortages are interrupting hospital operations.

Hospital administrator Madam Francisca Sefakor Kumahor also said that this week alone, the facility has spent six hundred Ghana Cedis on fuel for the Polyclinic’s power generator.

“As for water, is another thing all together,” she told Adu.

At the Maamobi General Hospital, the situation was no different.

Administrator Joanita Da Pilma told the reporter that the hospital has spent over one thousand five hundred Ghana Cedis since November last year to supply their own power and that their equipment has also been breaking down.

She added that as far as water goes, the service provider had not bothered to provide it to them for a decade.

Dr. Isaac Abban, the Deputy in charge of the Princess Marie St. Louise Children’s Hospital, said that because of the erratic power supply, the facility has been digging into its scarce resources to repair equipment.

At the Adabraka Polyclinic, officials told Joy News that electricity goes off at least five times a day, making the sterilization of equipment used during each day difficult. They also reported that the low current affecting the entire hospital has made work unbearable.

How long will this continue? When will these power and water shortages be a thing of the past?


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