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Upgrade Danfa Health Centre to a polyclinic status

By Kwamina Tandoh, GNA

Danfa (GAR), Aug.
20, GNA – Mrs Aseye Apetsi, Senior Physician Assistant in-charge of Danfa
Health Centre, a public medical clinic in Accra, has appealed to government to
upgrade the facility to a polyclinic status.

She said the
population of the area has increased but the facility could not perform certain
crucial functions to meet the growing needs.

She said the
upgrading of the facility would enable them extend their services to meet the
demands of the residents and for them to have a firsthand help rather than be
referred to other facilities.

Mrs Apetsi made
the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a
free a free health screening and medication exercise organised by the Health
Centre for police and military officers as part of its social responsibility
effort. 

The Danfa Health
Centre is situated in Danfa, a community of more than 11,000 people in the
La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipality in the Greater Accra Region.

The Health Centre
is also accessed by adjoining communities which are Otinibi, Adoteiman, New
Adoteiman, Kweiman, Ayi Mensah and Ghana Flag.

She said the
clinic handles various cases including malaria, gastroenteritis, upper
respiratory tract infection, simple anemia, normal deliveries and
conjunctivitis.

The emergency
cases the clinic referred, she said, were bleeding in pregnancy, eclampsia,
prolonged labour, unconsciousness, premature rupture of membranes and
cerebrovascular accident.

She said the
absence of an ambulance was hindering effective emergency health care delivery
for the people.

The situation,
according to Mrs Apetsi, is worrisome since referrals to Dodowa, Pentecost, 37
Military and Ridge Hospitals were always done by taxis and private vehicles of
staff which sometimes compounded the patients’ complications.

Mrs Apetsi called
on the authorities to, respond to the logistic needs of the centre to help
ensure efficient service delivery.

Meanwhile 100
police and military were screened for malaria, blood pressure and sugar levels
and were given free medication.

The Danfa Health
Centre emerged from the Danfa Comprehensive Rural Health and Family Planning
Project which was a service, research and training project designed to help
find answers to health problems and to establish realistic methods of
delivering effective health and family planning services in rural Ghana.

In 1964, the
University of Ghana Medical School decided to train general medical officers to
supervise rural health teams. To do this a demonstration district was needed,
which was not to be too far from Accra. This was where the department of
community health would conduct research, training and service activities.

Subsequently, in
1970 the Danfa District was selected and the Danfa Health Centre was
established.

GNA

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