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Health Minister Cuts Sod To Start New Bolgatanga Hospital

VA falls short on commitment to female veterans' health care, despite $1.3 billion investment: report - NY Daily News

TROY, SCHENECTADY; SARATOGA SPRINGS; ALBANY AND AMSTERDAM OUT Ms Sherry Ayittey in a speech said the Regional Hospital would not only improve geographical access to health delivery in the Upper East Region but would be equipped to help reduce preventable deaths especially maternal, neo natal and child deaths as well as still births in the country. Ms Ayittey said the project was part of governments agenda to equip all regional capitals with ultramodern referral hospitals to provide the needed secondary and tertiary care for people in the regions. The first phase of the project according to the Health Minister involved the construction of a clinic block which included an accident and emergency center, ear, nose and throat (ENT) department, and a dental clinic. It would also include a modern medical laboratory, a Blood Bank, Imaging Centre, overhead water tanks and wards. Other facilities would include installation of medical and hospital equipment as well as installation of transformers and CCT cameras. Ms Ayittey indicated that total value for the entire scope of work for the three phases cost 48million Dollars out of which 12 million Dollars was secured for the first part and said government was seeking more resources to compliment the holistic implementation of the required 240 bed capacity for the hospital structures. She said when completed the hospital would provide opportunity for training of staff from the districts and attract house officers from the University for Development Studies Medical School which is expected to increase the number of doctors and other health professionals. She said it was also in line with government plans to provide five more districts in the Upper East Region with modern district hospitals specifically in Talensi, Nabdam, Kassena-Nankana West, Builsa South and Garu-Tempane stressing that each hospital would be equipped with mental health units when the mental health bill is passed. Ms Ayittey however urged the contractors to keep to the job specifications and the completion time and emphasized on the need for a comprehensive maintenance programme for the facility to stand the test of time. She congratulated the chiefs and people of the region and asked them to own the project when it is completed. She urged health workers in the region to commit themselves to duty to help attain the Millennium Development Goals on health come 2015.

Female veterans have been placed on the VA's Electronic Wait List at a higher rate than male veterans. All new patients who cannot be schedule for an appointment in 90 days or less are placed on that wait list. And according to a VA presentation last year, female veterans of child-bearing age were far more likely to be given medications that can cause birth defects than were women being treated through a private HMO. "Are there problems? Yes," said Dr. Patricia Hayes, the VA's chief consultant for women's health in an AP interview. "The good news for our health care system is that as the number of women increases dramatically, we are going to continue to be able to visit site adjust to these circumstances quickly." Richard Shiro/AP Gallmon said that her local VA office had authorized her to see a private physician during her pregnancy, but has since refused to pay her medical bills. The 5.3 million male veterans who used the VA system in fiscal year 2013 far outnumbered female patients, but the number of women receiving care at VA has more than doubled since 2000. The tens of thousands of predominantly young, female veterans returning home has dramatically changed the VA's patient load, and the system has yet to fully catch up. Also, as the total veteran population continues to decrease, the female veteran population has been increasing year after year, according to a 2013 VA report. All enrolled veterans can use what the VA describes as its "comprehensive medical benefits package," though certain benefits may vary by individual and ailment, just like for medical care outside the VA system.

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