Health care providers at the Wa Islamic hospital has allegedly deserted the facility ahead of tomorrow’s Eid celebration. W93.5FM’s visit to the facility on Saturday 10th August, 2019 confirmed that, there was only one nurse at post.
The situation has left patients stranded, with some seeking alternative health care services from the regional hospital and even pharmacy shops. One of such patients is Mr. Ike, who claim he visited the facility at about 4:00pm same day but was verbally referred to the regional hospital with the excuse that; health workers at the facility were on “Salah break”. “I met only one nurse who asked me to rather go to the regional hospital because he could not give me any prescription”. Another stranded patient who spoke under anonymity bemoaned the recent “poor services” at the Islamic hospital. “I think the hospital is gradually dying, I was told by a nurse that they are not working because of the Salah”, she lamented.
Our checks further revealed that, there was only one patient on admission at the facility during the time of our visit. It is also alleged that patients on admission at the hospital were untimely discharged because of the impending Eid celebrations.
Our source indicates that normal services including “outpatient” services would be available after 12th August, 2019.
In a private telephone conversation, Upper West regional health director, Dr. Osei Kuffour Afreh admitted the hospital has some “service challenges” but said he could do little about the situation because the facility is not a government hospital. “Islamic hospital is not a government hospital and tomorrow is Salah, so what they decide to do I can’t force them to be there”.
The public is however concerned about the implications of the decision and wish management of the hospital could rescind the decision.