DR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE KATH BOARD
THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES
DIRECTORATE MANAGMENT TEAM MEMBERS
MEMBERS OF THE TEAM FROM THE MOH
METRO DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES
HEADS OF UNITS
MEMBERS OF THE PRESS
DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to the 2011 End of Year Performance Review workshop of the hospital. I am grateful to you all for your presence at this programme.
I have no doubt that your collective contributions will help to provide a better assessment of the performance of the hospital in the year 2011 and the best way to improve our services this and the years ahead.
Before I launch into the details of my address, permit me to wish all of you a belated Happy New Year as today marks the first time some of us are meeting in a formal forum such as this since the year began.
It is my hope that this marks the beginning of many more interactions in the course of the year in our sustained efforts to position the hospital on the path of excellence.
Dr. Board Chairman, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, as it is often said, an unexamined life is not worth living. Therefore, as an institution, it is proper that at the end of an operational year, we meet to evaluate how well we were able to do the things that we said we will do and to use the lessons learnt to improve our performance in the years ahead.
Generally speaking, the year 2011 was an extremely challenging one for the hospital. Our performance for the year was severely dented some respects due to a combination of factors.
These include a steep rise in the cost of medical consumables and equipment as against stagnated tariffs, obsolete and ageing facilities, high maintenance cost, high health insurance claims rejection rates and most significantly the strike action by doctors.
As a result of the above, the hospital was subjected to intense operational and financial difficulties thus preventing it from the attainment of most of the targets set for the year under review.
For example the Out Patient Department (OPD) attendance at the Polyclinic and the Specialist Clinics for the year 2011 was 117,990 and 239,884 respectively. This is against the 145,437 and 298,298 cases recorded for the same period during the previous year.
Admissions also went down slightly from 43, 282 in 2011 as against the 2010 figure of almost 45,000 whilst surgeries also dropped from 28,000 in 2010 to about 24, 000 in 2011.
To make matter worse, the hospital, which derives about 85 per cent of its revenue from health insurance, suffered massive reduction in revenue due to the strike action by doctors last year.
On the other hand, areas such Radiotherapy, Diagnostic Services, Blood Screened and Dialysis witnessed significant improvement in their operations.
Radiotherapy services for the year under review increased by 31 per cent whilst that of Diagnostics registered a rise of 14 per cent.
Dialysis sessions over the period jumped from 206 sessions in 2010 to 1,937 sessions in 2011. This significant development was as a result of the repair of some of the broken down dialysis machines and the purchase of two new machines at the cost of GH¢180, 000.
Also the procurement of a new large Reverse Osmosis System for the Dialysis Unit in 2011 remarkably improved the operational capacity of the unit. These investments have provided great relief to kidney patients who had to travel to Accra for dialysis services.
Other significant investments made during the period under review were the procurement of state of the art surgical and diagnostic equipment for the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) at the cost of GH¢286,658.00.
Among these equipment which the hospital is getting for the first time in its history are Adult and Paediatric Laryngoscope sets, Specialised Phonosurgery sets as well as Neck Dissection sets.
Two air dryer machines were also procured at the cost of GH¢180,000.00 for the oxygen plant at the hospital to improve the production and supply of oxygen for patients. A Molecular Sieve has also been ordered to improve the purity of oxygen produced by the plant.
The hospital’s three endoscopes which have been down for some time now have also been repaired at the cost of GHC 52,500.