The Directorate of the University Health Services (DUHS) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has held the 2016 Peer Review forum in the University.
Under the Peer Review,initiated by the Regional Health Directorate,health professionals from other sister health centers across the region visit a hosting health facility to learn at first-hand the operations of health staff and equipment used by the facility to deliver proper medical care to clients.
Preceding the forum, assessors from the Metro Hospital,Dunkwa on-Offin Hospital, Twifo Praso Hospital,Mercy Hospital,Ankaful Leprosy Hospital,Christian Eye Center and the Ewim Polyclinic familiarised themselves with the operations of the facility and inspected its equipment for healthcare delivery.
The assessors, under the review, assessed the University Hospital on governance, quality assurance,client care, occupational health and safety, emergency services, infrastructure and environment, infection and prevention control and clinical practices.
Speaking at the closing session of the forum, the Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof. K.T Oduro, who chaired the function, lauded the staff and management of the Hospital for availing themselves to be peer reviewed by their colleagues from other sister health facilities.
He noted that the issue of quality had become high on the University agenda to the extent that UCC had instituted Quality Assurance Department,aiming to move high on the University rankings.
He charged the University Health Directorate to include self review into its mode of operation to assess staff and units within the facility.
For his part, Mr.Stephen Anyomi, the Deputy Regional Health Director,advised healthcare workers to eschew late reporting to the facility that they were to peer review.
That, he said,would ensure effective monitoring and help facility that they were peer reviewing.
He called on all regional health facilities to,as a matter of urgency, train emergency medical team to facilitate emergency cases reported to its facilities,adding that ” it is part of our performance appraisal of the facility.
Dr.Evans Ekanem, UCC Medical Director,praised management and staff of the Hospital for their unrelentless efforts in delivering good health care to the public.
He said the Hospital authorities had taken note of all the concerns raised about the facility at the forum and would ensure they were addressed with dispatch.
The Regional Coordinator for the Peer Review, Mr. Georges Fritz Doe, pointed out that seventeen out of the twenty-one hospitals that had been peer reviewed, UCC Hospital was sixth on the league table,with 86.6%.
He added that St.Francis Hospital was leading the log with 95.9%, while Dunkwa on Offin Hospital had 92.8%, securing the second position. Our ladies of Grace Hospital (Breman Assikuma) and Mercy Women’s Hospital garnered 92.9% and 90.5% to place 4th and 5th positions respectively.
The event,which was held at the UCC Hospital Conference room,was attended by Prof. Kwaow Edjah, Dean of Students Affairs, UCC; Chief Inspector Christian Anyiddio,UCC Police District and Mr. Richard Amponsah Peasah, Watch 2IC in charge of medics,UCC Fire Service Unit.