Control use of mobile phones in hospital -Bishop tells MoH

| Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 11:17am



The Catholic Bishop in charge of the of the National Catholic Health Service (NCHS) Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, has called for firm regulations to be set by the Ministry of Health governing the use of mobile phones within the various health facilities in the country to ensure patient safety.

Rev. Fianu also called for greater control of use of herbal medicines by the Ministry of Health with the help of various councils under it.

Most Rev. Emmanuel Fianu made the call when delivering the keynote address at the 15th Annual Conference of NCHS at Abesim, near Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The 15th Annual Conference of the National Catholic Health Service (NCHS) is under the theme; "Policy and Regulation on Patient Safety in Ghana, Current and Future Outlook". It is aimed at seeking patient safety at the various health facilities in the country.

The Opening session of the three day conference had in attendance the DCE for Sunyani West, Mr. Martin Obeng, the Clergy from the Catholic Dioceses across the country, Traditional Rulers and Officials from Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) among others.

The Immediate past Bishop of the NCHS. Most Rev. Joseph Afrifa-Agyekum said, patient safety in the health sector is of utmost importance.

He said the NHIS indebtedness which has brought thriving health institutions to their knees must also be looked at critically.

He further called for the NHIS board to partner with the Catholic Church and other institutions for effective management of the NHIS.

The Bishop of NCHS, Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu delivering the keynote address, said regulations like laws must be certain and properly disseminated to those who must apply them in order to make enforcement fair.

He said mobile phone use by health staff in hospitals is something that must be critically looked at since it is a huge distraction.

Most Rev. Fianu proposed the deployment of appropriate Information Technology (IT) gadgets to deactivate mobile phones in such critical areas.

He continued that herbal concoction adverts on radio, in newspapers and through Community Information Centres must also be checked by the MOF, FDA and NMC. Earlier, the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, Most Rev. Mathew Kwasi-Gyamfi, called for regular Patient Safety checks by the Ministry of Health in various health facilities in the country.

Since as he put it, patient safety cannot be toyed with. Plaques were presented to long serving official of the NCHS at the ceremony.