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TTH to set up fund to support patients

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The management of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) has announced plans to establish an endowment fund to support needy patients who cannot afford the cost of specialised medical treatment at the facility.

The Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr David Kolbila said the move is part of the key priorities of the hospital for the year.

Dr Kolbila noted that the management has considered some measures to ensure that patients are managed in-house and all supplies for special care treatment made available at the facility.

He mentioned that the hospital also intends to scale up planned maintenance schedules of all the infrastructure and improve specialist outreach and support services to communities and peripheral facilities as some of the pro-poor policy interventions.

Dr Kolbila made these remarks during the end-of-year review session in Tamale on Wednesday, 13 March 2019.

He emphasised the need to strengthen ties with other medical research institutions, internally and externally, adding that this is to coordinate the conduct of operational research in the implementation of the 2019 - 2023 strategic plan.

Dr Kolbila, however, said the perennial delay in the payment of claims submitted to the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), coupled with reduced financial support from the government, was a major challenge facing the facility.

Other challenges affecting the facility, he said, are a high attrition rate, poor staff attitudes, and a generally apathetic predisposition of staff towards work. He said: “The hospital is endowed with a lot of well-trained and hardworking personnel in various categories. Unfortunately, a few among us have made it their daily business to run down the system. I urge such people to change their attitude before the system catches up with them.”

Source: Ghana/AccraFM.com/100.5FM/Mohammed Gadafi/Northern Region

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