Catholic Bishop of Keta-Akatsi urges health workers to give quality health care
The Ghanaian Bishop of the Keta- Akatsi Diocese, the Most Rev. Gabriel Edoe Kumordji, SVD, has called on Health workers in the six health facilities of the Diocese to ensure they give quality healthcare to clients by avoiding neglect and mistakes that make people die.
Speaking at the 2020 World Day of the Sick celebration at the Anthony Hospital at Dzodzeon February 11, he called on them to be sincere, dedicated, loving and caring to help draw a lot of people to the diocesan health facilities.
The 28th world day of the sick marked worldwide was under the theme: “Come to me all you who labour and are burdened and I will give you rest”.
The Bishop called on the health workers of the six health institutions in the diocese to exhibit high level of professionalism in discharge of their duties.
According to him, in order to deliver a good and quality health service, there is the need to first of all identify oneself as a sufferer who also go through such calamities to be able to recognize and deeply understand the plight of patients you handle as professionals, he emphasized.
He said there is also the need to change the mentality of people around them in the healing ministry by influencing your clients as professionals to have a hospital diagnosis of their predicament so that their health challenge could be ascertained, he expressed.
He also advised that caregivers Bishop Kumordji also expressed his dissatisfaction that the national health insurance scheme (NHIS) taking the Christian health association of Ghana (CHAG) members over eighty-seven million Ghana Cedis (GH₵ 87m) and called on the management of the scheme to settle them as a matter of urgency else the indebtedness will collapse the swift operation of the institutions.
In a homily during the Eucharistic celebration preceding the main celebration, Bishop Kumordji also called on the staff of the Catholic hospitals to stand in for Christ when administering healing to the sick. Let the expression of your wisdom acquired during training manifest in your expertise through the care and love you give the patients who come to you for healing.
In a solidarity message read on her behalf, Ms. Irene Eve Passah, the Ketu-North Municipal Health Director, praised the Catholic church for their role in providing healthcare to the poor, the needy and the vulnerable over the years and exclaimed that without such assistance to humanity especially those in the rural areas throughout Ghana and all over the world. They also mentioned that the Keta-Akatsi health services are unique and tailored in the interest of the sick through the hospitals and clinics in very remote areas that the government could not reach.
She called on the Catholic Church to put in more effort towards the reduction of maternal and child mortalities which are prevalent in Ghana. The message also reminded that as Christian institution health providers, they should ensure that their ways should reflect the life of Jesus Christ whose healing ministry was divine.
In a message on his behalf, the Municipal Chief Executive, Anthony Avorgbedor, re-emphasized the special role and support the Catholic Church continues to offer the people of Ketu-North and beyond.
Caring for the sick, he said required tolerance and soft-hearted people and that has been expressed by the Catholic health staff over the years calling on the workers to see their profession as a call rather than as a means of making money. They reminded the health workers to be conscious of the coronavirus outbreak in their working environment.
The medical director of the St. Anthony hospital in Dzodze, Dr. Samuel Foster in a welcome address stated that they are aware that the day was dedicated to the patients handled in their facilities look up to their comfort, empathy, reassurance and hope as they attend to their physical ailments.
He recognize d the support of the Bishop and the diocesan health directorate for their administrative direction and support. He also appreciated the partnership enjoyed with ministry of health. He was happy to note that the celebration this year coincided with the 60th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the St. Anthony hospital.
Present at the ceremony were Torgbui Dey III – The chief of Dzodze- Apetepe, Mama Nyagadzi-queenmother of Dzodze – Fiagbedu, Rev. Fr. John Odzangba, the chaplain of Richard Novati hospital in Sogakope, Rev Fr Emmanuel Amedzi-the chaplain of St Anthony hospital Dzodze, Rev Fr. Peter Amegashi, the chaplain of the Sacred Heart hospital Abor-Weme, Rev Fr. Sebastian Gidiglo, the Diocesan Financial Administrator, Rev Fr. Edwin Fiatornu, the Associate Pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Dzodze, the administrators of the various health facilities in the diocese, the St Anthony Choir & Cultural group in the hospital chaplaincy.