By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Accra
The 37 Military Hospital, Accra, has seen a change in leadership after its Commander – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Michael Akwasi Yeboah-Agyapong (rtd), retired after serving in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for 32 years 6 months and 6 days, making it a total of 36 years, 5 months and 13 days in government service.
In a well patronized parade on Friday, 19th of July, 2019, at the Quarter Master Quarters of the hospital, Command changed hands from the venerable military officer – Brig Gen Yeboah-Agyapong (rtd), to Colonel (Col) Nii Adjah Obodai and a new Biomedical Engineering Office and Laboratory Complex commissioned.
In a farewell speech, the former Commanding Officer (CO) of the United Nations Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Ghana Medical Team 9 (GHANMED 9) outlined a litany of projects and developments that had been undertaken under his Command and urgently requested for an MRI machine for the military hospital.
Developments include renovating and refurbishing of some of the abandoned facilities for use, the transformation of the old dilapidated CSSD building into an ultra-modern Blood Bank, converting part of the abandoned former Easmon Ward into the Anaesthesia Day Clinic, Behaviour and Wellness Therapy Department, Haematology Day Care Centre and a Conference room for the Medical Division.
Others include the refurbishment with modern equipment of the Delivery Rooms of the Yebuah Ward (Maternity), Rooms 1 and 5 of the same ward were also renovated, the JBB Asafu-Adjaye Board Room has been transformed and the Victoria Christian ANS Mess is also undergoing renovation to provide lecture halls and offices for the School of Anaesthesia and the Post Graduate College – which will also serve as a centre for Continuous Professional Development of professionals within GAFMS.
Other equipment acquired include Monitors, Infusion Pumps, Pulse Oximeters, Perfusomats, Echocardiogram Machine, Resuscitaires, Surgical Power Drills, Diathermy Machines, Vertical Autoclaves, Medical Air Compressors, Operating tables and lamps, Crush Trolleys, Delivery Beds and Trolleys, Suction Machines, OCT machines, Dental Chairs, Incubators, Fire-fly Phototherapy machines, Oxygen Flowmeters and Humidifiers, CSSD Sterilizers, Image Intensifier and C-PAP Machine.
The hospital also migrated onto the Electronic Medical Records system to bring into realization the long held dream of the hospital – data going paperless – which has improved the hospital data system, reduced patient waiting time, eliminated incidence of lost folders and facilitated monitoring and report generation, with a vehicle park being constructed to address the parking challenges in the hospital.
The hospital received the support from Government through the Military High Command for the New Oxygen Plant, Multix X-ray Machine, 49 Seater bus, CT Scanner and Fluoroscopy – expected to arrive within July for installation and operations, an ultra-modern kitchen for which work has resumed and scheduled to be completed within 4 months, a modern Isolation Ward by the World Bank to be completed on16 March 2020.
Brig Gen Yeboah-Agyapong acknowledged and thanked the Retired Commissioned Officers Association for donating the offerings from their annual thanksgiving service to the hospital, GCB Bank for the Dialysis Unit, Dr Osei Kwame Despite for the Paediatric Oncology and Physiotherapy Unit, Rotary Club (Airport Chapter) for renovating the Nkrumah Ward and GETFUND for the NMTC lecture Block.
Dignitaries present at the parade included the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Commandant of the Military Academy Training Schools (MATS) – Major Genera William Omane-Agyekum, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Support Services Brigade – Brig Gen Alloh, Director-General Medical Services – Brig Gen Saka, Retired generals and many other military officers and health workers.