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HEALTHCARE IN GHANA

GENERAL

Until last year Ghana had a pay-as-you go health care service, although a relatively small percentage of people who were working were given health insurance through their employers.

A National Health Insurance Bill was launched in 2003 aimed at providing universal access to basic health care without having to pay at the point of delivery. The reality is that most patients must still pay up-front for treatment, or hospital stays before they are allowed to leave the hospital.

There is a large need for new medical equipment to equip the new facilities that are being built and the existing facilities that are being expanded and/or refurbished. Much of the existing equipment is also obsolete or broken and cannot be repaired locally due to lack of spare parts or maintenance expertise. This need is expected to increase as more of the planned projects are started.

Future demand will increase as there has been a recognised need to improve the health service in Ghana, and this is being addressed as funds become available.

Around 50% of the healthcare facilities in Ghana, which includes hospitals and clinics, are Ministry of Health Institutions, with 40% being private sector, 9% Mission institutions and the remaining 1% Quasi-governmental institutions.

The main issues in the medical sector in Ghana are cost and expertise. The National Health Insurance Bill, aimed at universal access to health care with an emphasis on primary health care, is influencing the trends in the Public Health Service. Following the launch of the bill the investment budget is up 100% in 2004, but it is still comparably very small, and it is hoped that it will increase in the next few years. There is a large reliance on donated medical equipment and supplies in both the public and private healthcare sectors. Some donations are not however fully utilised and have been left in packing boxes while the hospitals find room for them. Others are unused as the medical staff do not receive training, and if the equipment breaks it is often left and the old equipment is used as there is not the means or expertise to repair the equipment.

A key threat to the medical sector in Ghana is the shortage of medical personnels. “The State of the Ghanaian Economy” report 2002 uncovered that 68.2% of medical officers trained between 1993-2000 have left Ghana, and a further 12% of the Ghanaian health workers left in 2003. This situation has had an impact on the health services with a shortage of skills to use & repair the equipment in place. There is also a shortage of teaching staff, facilities and equipment to train new health professionals. Some areas are left without a doctor, making the case for more mobile units. The government is looking at options to slow down this trend, but at the current time it continues with the ratio between medical personnel and patients increasing annually.

DIRECTORY OF HOSPITALS & CLINICS

ACCRA

Accra Psychiatric Hospital

Castle Road,
Asylum Down,
Accra
Tel: +233 21 226 688 / 228 688

Karikari Brobbey Hospital
P.O. Box MP 475,
Mamprobi,
Accra
Tel: +233 21 308 446

Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
University of Accra,
Guggisberg Avenue,
Accra
Tel: +233 21 665 401

Medifem Hospital & Fertility Centre
Kotoka International Airport,
Accra
Tel: +233 21 779 566
Fax: +233 21 767 660

North Ridge Clinic
Near KLM Office,
P.O. Box 7397,
Accra
Tel: +233 21 227 328

Nyaho Medical Centre
Airport Residential Area,
P.O. Box 5224,
Accra
Tel: +233 21 775 341
Fax: +233 21 777 593
Email: pclinics@ghana.com

Pantang Hospital
Pantang on Aburi Road,
P.O. Box 81,
Accra
Tel: +233 21 503 844 / 501 024 / 501 023

Radiant Medical Centre
P.O. Box AH 957,
Achimota,
Accra
Tel: +233 21 405 061
Fax: +233 21 402 806

ASHANTI REGION

Agogo Hospital

P.O. Box 27,
Agogo
Tel: +233 51 20 201 / 20 202

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
P.O.Box 1934, Bantama.
Tel: +233 51 208 119

Radiant Medical and Dental Centre
Plot C, Block 3,
Ayigya,
Kumasi
Tel: +233 51 31 451

West End Hospital
Plot 42, Block J,
Western -By-Pass,Patasi
Kumasi
Tel: +233 51 22 590
Fax: +233 51 35 415
Email: westendhospital@hotmail.com

WESTERN REGION

Effia Nkwanta
P.O. Box 229,
Sekondi
Tel: +233 31 23 151

CENTRAL REGION

Ankaful Mental Hospital
P.O. Box 412,
Ankaful,
Cape Coast
Tel: +233 42 33 686 / 33 871

Apam Catholic Hospital
P.O. Box 5,
Apam
Tel: +233 41 21 549
Website: www.apamhospital.com

Fynba Hospital
P.O. Box 131,
Cape Coast
Tel: +233 42 33 603

Saltpond General Hospital
P.O. Box 29,
Saltpond
Tel: +233 42 33 850

VOLTA REGION

Hohoe Government Hospital
P.O. Box 27,
Hohoe
Tel: +233 935 2042 / 2031

Keta Government Hospital (MOH)
P.O. Box 82,
Keta
Tel: +233 966 22 309

Ministry Of Health Central Hospital
P.O. Box 49,
Ho
Tel: +233 91 8209 / 8206

SUHUM REGION

Bawku Presbyterian Hospital

P.O. Box 45,
Bawku
Tel: +233 743 22 232 / 22 246

Suhum Government Hospital
P.O. Box 149,
Suhum
Tel: +233 858 24 380

NORTHERN REGION

Tamale Regional Hospital

P.O. Box 16,
Tamale
Tel: +233 71 22454

BRONG AHAFO REGION

Emil Memorial Hospital

P.O. Box 96,
Wenchi
Tel: +233 652 22 274

UPPER WEST

Lawra Hospital

P.O. Box 19,
Lawra
Tel: +233 756 22 809
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