Residents of Ejura in the Ashanti Region are appealing to government and other stakeholders in the health sector to complete a 50 bed capacity maternity block which was inniated by chiefs in the area.
According to them the poor state of the current maternity block at Ejura Municipal Government Hospital had left residents particularly pregnant and lactating women limited options in health care, as most pregnant women are forced to deliver on bare floor due to inadequate facilities.
The maternity block which is about 60 percent complete was started by the Ejura Traditional Area lead by Ejurahene Barima Osei Hwedie II in 2017 to replace the current one which is in a dilapidated form.
The facility when completed with serve thousands of people in over 100 communities at Ejura and it’s environs.
Although the chiefs have not abodoned the project, the residents believe support from government will help complete the block early to ease access to health delivery among pregnant women in the area.
Some pregnant women on admission at the hospital at the time OTEC News visited complained bitterly over the lack of space and the dilapidated nature of the hospital’s maternity block
Speaking to OTEC News Kwame Agyenim Boateng on Saturday January 8, 2022, the Medical Superintendent at Ejura Government Hospital Dr Emmanuel Amoah Aboagye disclosed that the facility when completed will provide enough space for the women before, during and after labor .
He added that the facility will solve most of the challenges pregnant women who patronize the hospital face, by providing additional beds and and facilities for both patients and staff.
“Ejura Hospital is among the facilities in the Region with high attending rate with Over 200 pregnant women delivering every month and the situation put pressure on us due to poor state of our current maternity block”he said.
Dr Aboagye urged the government to as a matter of urgency support chiefs to complete the project for smooth health delivery.
He however commended Ejurahene Barima Osei Hwedie II for innitiative such an important projevct for the hospital
By Kwame Agyenim Boateng (Nana Kokooto) OTEC FM