The International Maritime Hospital (IMaH) has for some weeks now been operating in Ghana as a full-fledged 24-hour hospital with modern theatre facilities undertaking major surgeries and admitting many patients both locally and internationally.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr. Sylvester Yaw Oppong the well-equipped surgical theatres has placed the hospital as one of the best to offer quality health care in the sub-region, hence the patronage being witnessed.
“We have scaled up to a full 24hour service with admissions. So all our wards are now opened. We can admit patients overnight. I think the longest patient who was here was here for about ten days on admission before discharge. We admit surgical cases, medical cases, and also paediatric cases,” he said.
With timeliness and consciousness, he said about thirty surgical operations have been successful as responses from patients have painted a positive picture of the department’s procedures.
“We operate on people and they live the hospital in record time, with some people three days, four days, less days than average stay in hospitals.
”We haven’t had any infection at all and we haven’t had any post-surgical complications. So far with God being so good, our surgical outcomes have been excellent,” he stated.
He gave further details on the capacity and successes of the theatres since it commenced operations.
He disclosed that the facility has become more child-friendly as the children department has been decorated with play items to contribute to the mental health and healing of children.
“When the children come in and they are treated and they are well, they don’t even want to go because they want to play around. It’s a very conducive environment especially for the children. That also helps in the healing process because psychologically, they come and they are happy and they even forget that they are ill. They start running around and in no time, we find that they are well and ready to go home then they want to go,” Dr. Sylvester Yaw Opong reiterated.
Another exciting provision which makes the IMaH exclusive is the provision of meals for patients on admission.
Dr. Oppong stated there the catering department has the necessary arrangements in place to ensure foods are distributed to patients devoid of contamination with a special inbuilt food lift facility.
“Here, food is part of the package so the patients who come here for admission, they are fed breakfast, lunch and dinner and not just breakfast lunch, dinner but very nutritious and delicious foods,” he said.