On Friday 22nd May 2020, the Bishop of Koforidua Diocese Most Rev Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum cut the tape to open an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), State-of-the-art Medical Laboratory and an electronic regulated Accident and Emergency Department at the St Dominic, Akwatia. These projects were constructed as commemorative edifices to mark the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hospital.
In his speech, the Administrator of the Hospital Rev. Fr Ebenezer Kenneth Abban said the realisation of the projects is an indication of the Management’s commitment to quality healthcare delivery to the clients of the facility within the Denkyembour District of the Eastern Region and beyond. With the accomplishment of these projects, the Hospital seems to demonstrate aptness in practical projection of its vision statement: “a health service that is best in meeting patients’ needs and expectation”. This was echoed in the welcome address when the Medical Director, Dr Maite Alfonso Romero, emphatically said that “St Dominic Hospital truly aims to make healthcare delivery more proactive, integrated and endearing for both our patients and the staff population at all time”. She further described the projects as “timely and appropriate”. In all, a total amount of GHS 684,955.73 went into the construction and furnishing of the three projects.
In a related development, the Administrator full of joy and excitement thanked God for the life of all the founders of the Hospital especially the Dominican Sisters of Germany and their benefactors. He also expressed his appreciation to the Bishop, Hospital Management Team, the General Staff and all Stakeholders for their hard work. He also lauded their foreign sponsors especially Mr. and Mrs. Ruebsam, Dr and Mrs Jester, Rotary Club, and USA Ambassador Self-Help Project for their donations toward the realisation of the projects. The head of the facility also announced that because of COVID-19, the climax of the facility’s 60th anniversary in a grand style to celebrate foreign friends, stakeholders and staff has been postponed to 14th May 2021 so that all can participate in the historic event as one big family of St. Dominic Hospital.
In his remarks, just before he commissioned and blessed the edifices, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, expressed his deep appreciation to the founders of the Hospital, Hospital Management Team, Staff, all stakeholders, benefactors and all who contributed to make the projects a reality. The Bishop also intimated that the construction of the edifices demonstrates the great collaboration and teamwork in the facility. He further urged the Hospital Management Team, Staff and all stakeholders never to relent in the enthusiasm to continue the good work of the Dominican Sisters who established the Hospital.
Present at the event were Rev. Msgr. Francis Twum- Barimah, Vicar General/Diocesan Health Board of the Catholic Koforidua Diocese; Mr George Adjei, Director for Health and Ethics Commission, National Catholic Secretariat; Hon. Seth Birikorang, District Chief Executive of Denkyembuor District, among other Dignitaries.
Story by Fr Joe Asumadu