DR. JACOB Abebrese, Medical Director of the Brong Ahafo Regional Hospital has said HIV/AIDS and anaemia. were the major causes of death during the first half of the year.
He told the GNA in an interview that other causes of death
were sepsis, cardiac failure, renal failure, malaria, diabetes,
hypertension and hepatic failure. Dr Abebrese said 303 new HIV cases were recorded. Malaria affecting children under five years stood at 699 with 10 deaths.
He mentioned malaria, accidents and anaemia as the main causes of admissions during the half year, with others being hernia, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, momma uterus, abortion and diabetes.
Dr Abebrese said the major challenge facing the hospital was
staffing which he explained was as a result of inadequate accommodation.
“With a population of more than 1000 employees, accommodation does not gobeyond 200. Accommodation is woefully inadequate and it is not conducive to house senior officers outside the hospital,” he said. Dr Abebrese said another challenge was scarce space at the
accident and emergency unit. “The place is meant for referral cases but people move in from other districts with conditions they could have sought first aid for.”
Dr. Abebrese said despite the challenges the hospital made some remarkable strides during the half of the year. The hospital has been able to set up an Intensive Care Unit and put up a housing block for mortuary attendants with assistance from the Sunyani Municipal Assembly.
“Formerly the attendants shared the same block with the mortuary and this was not healthy for them,” Dr Abebrese said.
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