The Western Region, as many had feared, may not be able to withstand or efficiently manage an instance of the disease; generally, because most health facilities are without the needed resource and logistics to respond to the pandemic.
The main referral center, Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital is without a ventilator, and sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers.
In such a time where corporate entities and other benevolent individuals in other parts of the country are wholeheartedly committing resources and funds to support government and health facilities fight the pandemic, the Western Region, sadly has had no experience of it.
Deputy Director of the Western Region Health Directorate, Dr. Atsu Dodor in an interview on the Jolly Breakfast Show, cried that the directorate is in dire need of support to respond to the COVID 19 crisis. According to him, the inadequacies in terms of logistics, especially PPEs for health workers is causing a growing sense of anxiety, and might cripple their service delivery.
He noted that Otumfour Osei Tutu II of the Asanteman’s donation worth GHC100 million to the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate, and the $100,000 donation by Kwame Despite and Ofori Sarpong to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, could be emulated by other chiefs, companies and philanthropist in the region.
Dr. Dodor disclosed that the traditional authorities and mining companies in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality have made some contribution to support the local facility in handling the crisis.
“I haven’t heard they [companies] have been supporting individual health facilities but at the regional level, we’ve not had any support. It is Tarkwa that we’ve heard, the Traditional authorities have mobilized some support for the facility there. And then some of the mining companies in the areas have also supported the Tarkwa Municipal Hospital. I understand they even want to build a treatment center for them…which is laudable. And those are the things which we all want” he aknowledged.
Dr. Dodor appealed to corporate bodies and philanthropists in the Western Region to support the Health Directorate in this crisis.
“We use this opportunity to appeal to other organisations within this region. We have very rich organisations-oil companies, they should come and help us. This situation of insufficient PPEs is creating a lot of panic among our health officials. So they should support us. Philanthropist they should support us…. either in cash or donation of items to support us” he appealed.