The Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina Constituency, Hon Francis Xavier Sosu, is continuing to step up his commitment with the constituents, pledging an adequate support to health facilities to boost healthcare delivery across the constituency.
Access to Primary Healthcare (PH), according to the lawmaker is no longer a privilege but a fundamental human right and the government, policy makers and stakeholders must endeavour to support to provide quality and affordable healthcare services for the citizens.
“In fact, I must say that the citizen have the right to access to quality healthcare delivery. Health issues are no longer privileges, gone are days where going to hospital is a privilege but today, it is a human right issue. Every citizen respective of his or her status must have access to some kind good healthcare,” Hon Sosu said.
He reiterated his commitment to ensuring that health facilities within the Constituency have medical supplies (reasonably) to provide better services to the people.
Mr. Sosu made the pledge when he donated medical supplies and equipment to the Madina Polyclinic popularly known as ‘Kekele,’ hospital on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
He said the health needs of the people of Madina are his priority, hence the decision to offer his support as MP to every health institution in the Constituency to deliver quality services, especially to the vulnerable.
Already, the MP said similar provisions had been made to the Danfa Hospital whilst plans far advanced to procure more items to other health facilities within the constituency.
As the Deputy Ranking on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament, Hon Sosu promised to lobby the government for more health infrastructure for the constituency.
He pledged to drag the Minister for Health to parliament to answer questions on some abandoned health projects in the Madina Constituency , including that of the Kekele Hospital where about 30 bed capacity ultramodern facilities has been abandoned since 2017.
Head of Sosu Health Outreach Team, Dr Maalug Yennuson said the donation formed part of the MP social intervention policies to providing healthcare to the constituents.
According to him, the medical supplies donation which was done in partnership with Divine Friends for Live, an NGO, is an initiative of the MP to help in the delivery of quality health services to the people of Madina.
The items includes bed sheets, scrubs, hospital pads, Physiotherapy equipment, pills bottles, Syringes and many others medical tools.
On his part, the Administrator of the Hospital, Mr. Peter Gagah who received the items on behalf of management expressed gratitude to the MP for the gesture and assured the items would be use for the purpose intended.
According to him, the Kekele Hospital had been adjudged the best Municipal Hospital in the Greater Accra region in the 2020 Health Performance Assessment by the Ghana Health Service for achieving the universal health on the top 10 killer disease.
In addition to that, Mr. Gagah said the Municipal Directorate of Health was also adjudged the best.
He assured the MP the Hospital would continue to offer quality services to the people and all clients near and far but urged the MP to use his parliamentary influence to get the main Hospital project which started in 2010 but has been abandoned after changed of government in 2017.
The Hospital, he said when complete could receive more patients as against the daily records of little over 200 patients.
Currently, Mr Gagah said some of the complicated cases are referred to nearby Hospitals including 37, Legon Medical Centre and Dodowa.
He however bemoaned the high level of dumping cases where destitutes and armed robbers shot by police been dumped at the Hospital.
Mr. Gagah said despite the challenges the staff works 24/7 to give the people better healthcare services and called for more support from the government and its development partners as well as stakeholders within the Hospital enclave.
The Madina Constituency is located at the northern part of the Greater Accra Region. It covers a total land surface area of 70.887 square kilometers.
The Constituency shared border to the West by the Ga East Municipal, on the East by the Adentan Municipal, the South by Ayawaso West Woguon Municipality and the North by the Akwapim South Municipality in the Eastern Region.
The population of Madina, according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, is 111,926 representing 2.8 percent of the region’s total population. Females constitute 51.5 percent and males represent 48.5 percent.
About 84.0 percent of the population in the Constituency resides in urban localities with a sex ratio of 94.1.
The population of the Constituency is youthful of about 38.7% depicting a broad base population pyramid which tapers off with a small number of elderly persons of about 5.0%, per the 2010 Census.
The total age dependency ratio for the Constituency is 47.2, the age dependency ratio for males is higher of about, 47.3, while the female is of about 47.2.