THE Tepa Government Hospital has honoured 14 staff for their hard work and distinguished service in the past year.
They were presented with prizes, including half pieces of cloth, fridges, other electrical appliances and certificates.
A 28-year-old nurse, Ms Monica Tawiah, won the best worker award and was presented with a double-decker fridge, full piece of cloth and a certificate of honour.
Speaking at the ceremony, the District Co-ordinating Director, Mr Emmanuel Aidoo, commended the hospital’s management and staff for their exceptional work, which had brought about improvement in healthcare service delivery at the facility.
He advised them to build on what was achieved in 2009, so that the people would derive the best from the hospital.
He further appealed to the management of the hospital to ensure that the staff complied with the work ethics developed for them.
In his overview of the hospital’s performance, the Hospital Administrator, Mr Collins Kesse, said out-patient attendance in 2008 stood at 30,462 compared with 41,442 in the previous year.
About 19,540 malaria cases were recorded at the OPD in 2009 as against 17,559 in 2007, the highest in two consecutive years.
Mr Kesse said the hospital recorded three maternal deaths in 2009 and said measures had been put in place to prevent its recurrence.
He said the total revenue the hospital generated had increased from GH¢589,386.29 in 2008 to GH¢711,089.49 in 2009, representing a positive deviance of 20 per cent.
Within the same period, he said its expenditure had also increased from GH¢415,695.75 in 2008 to GH¢589,386.29 in 2009, an increase of 29 per cent.
He called for the prompt re-imbursement of claims under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to ensure the sustenance of the programme.
The Omanhene of the Tepa Traditional Area, Nana Adusei Atwenewa Ampem, who chaired the function, commended the award winners and urged them to continue to work hard.
He announced that a United States based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Project Cure, would in February this year make a presentation to the hospital.