The doctor-patience ratio and nurse–patience ratio are about 1:50,000 and 1:3,000, respectively. This is worse than the national ratios of around 1:10,452 and 1:1,000. The three hospitals, (Holy Family Hospital, St. Theresa’s Hospital and Mathias Hospital) and two clinics (St. John the Baptist Clinic and Komfourkrom Community Clinic) built and managed by the Catholic Diocese of Techiman lack basic supplies and equipment needed to function effectively. Some of the communities which are far away from these hospitals and clinics attended to patients under trees as part of mobile healthcare provision system.
Furthermore, many nurses do not want to remain in these hospitals because they are located in deprived areas. For the sake of their career progression, they have to move to cities where they will have opportunity to further their professional education and improvement.
To contain the effects of this problem, the diocese has established nursing and midwifery training college attached to its biggest hospital, The Holy Family Hospital in Techiman. The idea is to train more nurses and midwives each year who are bonded to work in the hospital for a given period before they are permitted to leave the diocese’s health institutions.
The Holy Family Hospital
The Holy Family Hospital (HFH) was established in 1954 in the Techiman Municipality in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. It is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Techiman as part of their mission to bring holistic development and care to all people irrespective of their religions or faith affiliation. It continues to maintain it and adapt it services to the ever varied and aggravatingly increasing health needs of the 1 million catchment population it serves. It has a current bed capacity of 330 and staff strength of 586 of various professionals. Most of the inhabitants of Techiman and the districts (counties) it serves live below the poverty level and therefore are unable to pay for the health services they receive.
The hospital is a referral center not only to the Techiman Municipality, (Borough), but also to six (6) neighboring districts (counties) such as Wenchi, Kintampo (north and south), Nkoranza (north and south) and North Offinso. The hospital attends to an annual average of 200,000 patients on OPD basis and 19,000 admissions. Average of 15,000 patients are seen and treated on emergency basis per annum.