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Eastern Region : Health Workers Threaten To Avoid Night Services And Close By 4pm Over Power Cuts

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The Coalition of Health Workers on Krobo Land has appealed to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to restore power to the area for smooth health delivery.

The health workers who are made up of anaesthetists, doctors, nurses, midwives, laboratory scientists, and pharmacists added that they will be forced to leave work at exactly 4pm due to the power outages.

The affected health facilities include Atua Government Hospital, St Martins Hospital, Yilo District hospital, Somanya policlinic and the various chps and health centers within the affected area.

According to them, the darkness they are plunged into has given room to some criminals and hooligans to rob, harass, and ill-treat some of the health workers who lived in hard to reach areas.

However, speaking to Naa Dedei Tetteh on the Morning Starr Tuesday the Municipal Health Director, Dr. Irena Offei expressed worry on how the power cut is affecting health delivery in the area.

“As you have seen the power outage happened on 27th of July at 10:30pm so we were hoping that the light would be restored the following morning but unfortunately as I talk to you no power has been restored.

“Both Municipalities Yilo Krobo and lower Manya Krobo have been affected since last Friday and today is the last day. We are doing COVID-19 vaccination so you can imagine our trouble of sending the vaccines in the freezers to nearby facilities which are not that close,” Dr. Irena narrated.

 

 

 

Below is their statement :

 

Coalition of Health Workers on Krobo Land.
Made up of Anaesthetist’s, Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Laboratory scientists, Pharmacist’s, might be forced to leave work at exactly 4pm due to the power outages.
The health Facilities includes Atua Government Hospital, St Martins Hospital, Yilo District hospital, Somanya policlinic and the various chps and health centers within the affected area.
The darkness we’re plunged into has given room to some criminals and hooligans to rob, harass, and ill treat some of the health workers who lived at hard to reach areas. A Nurse got robbed in the dark after closing from an afternoon shift and walking home. Another got chased on her way home.
To avoid these and promote our personal security, we might be forced to avoid the dark hours (4pm-7am). This will mean there will be no night health services .we shall avail ourselves at the hospitals premises from 8am to 4pm.
We hope ECG, the Chiefs, political leaders, national security and the various stakeholders in this impasse finds an amicable solution to this problem as early as possible.
Thank you.
Anaesthetist Miletso

Meanwhile, the Health Directorates in Yilo Krobo and Lower Manya Krobo say quality health service delivery is being affected as electricity outage persists in the two municipalities.

The managements of the Yilo Krobo and Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Health Directorates write to inform your office that power outage since Wednesday 27th of July 2022 is having negative toll on the provision of quality health service delivery in both municipalities.

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IMPACT OF RECENT ELECTRICITY POWER OUTAGE ON HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY IN YILO KROBO

YILO KROBO MUNICIPAL HEALTH DIRECTORATE

As a result of the power outage the municipal Cold Chain Equipment (vaccine fridges and freezers for icepacks) has been relocated to Akorley CHPS compound, therefore on daily basis, the Municipal EPI coordinator has to visit health facility between 3 to 5 times, which results in additional daily fuel expenditures of Two Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHc 250.00) .On daily basis to power generator to run the office equipment Municipal Health Directorate spends Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHc500.00).

Ongoing COVID-19 vaccination is also affected as a result vaccination teams, district and sub district supervisors are not able to charge their mobile phones and tablets, therefore not been able to enter data and monitoring/supervisory reports daily on ODK.

 

SOMANYA POLYCLINIC

The only generator plant which was donated by ECG to Somanya polyclinic has been taken back without any explanation by ECG and therefore the facility has no alternative source of power.

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The power outage has affected all aspects of clinical and public health care in the facility. The most affected areas are maternity units, laboratory services, in- patients, vaccine fridges and administration. Management has taken a decision to hire a generator to assist the laboratory, to ensure that the labour ward has improved lightening for safe deliveries and other emergency procedures, to improve in-patient care and ensure our vaccines are kept within the cold-chain.

The cost of hiring a generator is Two Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHc200.00) per day and the cost of diesel on average per day is Seven Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHc750.00).

Polyclinic has also put in place some measures to ensure quality healthcare. These include referring patients that will need more hospitalization days and advance care to other district hospitals that have not been affected by this power problem.

 

 

YILO KROBO DISTRICT HOSPITAL

The hospital requires 132 litres of diesel daily to power its generator at a current cost of One
Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety-nine Ghana Cedis (GHc 1799.00). So far, Ten Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy Five Ghana cedis (GHc10,975.00) has been spent on diesel to power the generator.

* The current trend has forced the Hospital to embark on localized rationing of power during certain times in the day and a cut off to areas like the theater and surgical block.

*  The Hospital is barely three months old with very little capital and a host of challenges. The most current consignment of diesel (2201t) which cost Thee Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc 3,000.00) is yet to be paid for however, the fuel in the generator has dropped necessitating refill. The Hospital is unable to contain the high cost involved in using the generator any further.

 

 

 

IMPACT OF RECENT ELECTRICITY POWER OUTAGE ON HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY IN LOWER MANYA KROBO

LOWER MANYA KROBO MUNICPAL HEALTH DIRECTORATE

• The Municipal Health Directorate spends One Thousand and Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHI,500.00) on fuel daily since 27/07/2022 to ensure that the vaccines are kept under appropriate Cold Chain Management.
• Similarly, all vaccines from affected health centres and CHPS compounds have been brought to Municipal Health Directorate cold room, therefore facility EPI coordinators are spending additional transportation cost twice a day on daily basis

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A TUA GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL

• Atua Government Hospital spend Three Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH3,000.00) on fuel daily to power the generator, since 27/7/2022. The Hospital has spent over GH18 000 as of 1st August
2022.

 

 

ST. MARTIN’S DE PORES HOSPITAL (AGOMANYA)

• The hospital spends Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH5,OOO.00) on fuel daily (24/7) since
27/7/2022.
• And they have spent so far over GH30,000.00 as of 1st August 2022
From the above submissions from health facilities from both municipalities, the high cost of fuel incurred in powering the generator sets is not sustainable and we may not be able to sustain it to provide the quality health care services as expected.

Therefore, the managements of the health facilities ,wish to appeal to the Government and management of ECG to restore electricity power supply to all health facilities within the affected areas in the shortest possible time to avert a possible public health
emergency.
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