Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has handed over a two-storey doctors’ flat to Kyebi Government Hospital. This is to curb the accommodation challenge that often discourage doctors from working at the hospital. The building project was funded by Ken and Angela Foundation.
The flat comprises three two-bedroom flats and three single-room self-contained accommodation located at the heart of Kyebi.
The Kyebi Government Hospital had for a very long time been battling with accommodation challenge for newly posted medical doctors and other health workers posted to the hospital.
The situation had compelled many doctors to reject posting to the hospital. The few who accept posting are also compelled to stay far away from Kyebi and commute to work on daily basis.
The Medical Director at the hospital, Dr Nii Darko Duodu, mentioned that two out of the four medical officers in the area are housed in a temporary accommodation outside Kyebi, while the dental officer has not started work due to housing problems.
Dr Nii Duodo said other medical staffs are still struggling with accommodation, making their work very difficult.
He said in the midst of the frustration, the personnel have been dedicated to their work.
He called on stakeholders to help them put up a staff village on a 10-acre plot donated to the hospital by the Okyeman Council to bring a lasting solution to the accommodation problems.
This is what compelled the Ken and Angela Foundation, under the auspices of Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin, to build the flat to solve the accommodation problems.
Speaking at the commissioning and handing over ceremony of the flat, Ahene Nanahene Barimah Kwaku Duah noted that quality healthcare is a fundamental requirement of every civilized society. He, however, noted that quality healthcare is anchored on the kind of dignity and respect society gives to healthcare personnel, coupled with availability of medical equipment.
He said lack of accommodation had been a hindrance to quality healthcare in the Akyem Abuakwa capital.
Barima Kwaku Dua believes the provision of the Osagyefo Doctors’ Flat will help reduce the accommodation challenges of the Kyebi Government Hospital and ensure quality healthcare for the people.
Speaking for and on behalf of Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin, the Akyem Ahweneasehene, Barimah Gyasi Kodie, said the Okyenhene had facilitated several developmental projects in Okyeman.
He said the handing over of the doctors’ flat would end the syndrome of no accommodation, which scares many medical officers away from the royal capital of Akyem Abuakwa.
He demanded a very good maintenance culture from the hospital’s authorities.