By Dennis Osei Gyamfi / Philip Mensah, GNA
Accra, July 21, GNA – Brigadier General Michael Akwasi Yeboah Agyapong, the Outgoing Commander of 37 Military Hospital, has urged the staff and workers of 37 the Military Hospital to accord to his successor the same cooperation as they did for him.
Brig. Gen. Agyapong said during the tenure of his stewardship, the hospital was faced with deteriorating infrastructure, obsolete and broken down equipment, severe manpower shortage and dwindling finances, but with the support of the Military High Command and staff of the hospital, they were able to take the bold step of renovating and refurbishing some of the abandoned facilities for use.
Brig. Gen. Agyapong said this during a handing over and pulling out ceremony after his 32 years of service as a Commander of the 37 Military Hospital.
‘’The needs of the hospital are very enormous and considering the role it plays as the National Disaster and Emergency Centre, it cannot meet all due to the increased number of paupers and others who cannot pay for services received at the hospital. The hospital urgently needs an MRI machine," he said.
He said to improve upon the quality and skills of staff, various training programs were organized with resource personnel from within the Ghana Armed Forces Medical School (GAFMS) and external facilitators.
Brig. Gen. Agyapong said the hospital also migrated onto the Electronic Medical Records system to bring into realization the long held dream of the hospital which improved the hospital data going paperless.
He said the paperless system reduced the waiting time of patients, eliminated the incidence of lost folders and facilitated monitoring and report generation.
He expressed appreciation to numerous individuals and organizations who donated air conditioners, beds sheets and mattresses, bedside lockers, wheelchairs, detergents, medical consumables among other vital needs of the hospital.
Brigadier General Michael Akwasi Yeboah Agyapong holds a followership in Dental Surgeons with the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, also from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburg, England; and he is a member of the West African Postgraduate Medical College.
Brig. Gen. undertook a residency at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital, Kaduna Nigeria and later continued at the North Manchester General Hospital and Blackburn Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom.
He entered the Ghana Military Academy at Teshie to pursue military training as an officer and was commissioned into the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Service in August 1987 as a Lieutenant.
Colonel Nii Adjah Obodai will take over as the new 37 Military Hospital Commander from Brig. Gen. Agyapong who served 32 years in office.GNA