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City of Banjul
Friday, September 25, 2020

AFPRC GENERAL HOSPITAL PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON MILESTONES

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The chief executive officer for the hospital, Dr Mamadi Cham, in presenting the report highlighted the achievements his institution has made both in terms of increase in revenue and efficiency in service delivery. 

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He explained: “From January 1 to December 31, 2012, a total of 3,312 patients were admitted of which 80 percent were successfully managed and discharged home alive. Children and pregnant women accounted for the most cases admitted.

“In the year 2012, a total of 28,730 outpatient department cases were attended to, of which 62 percent were people below 15 years of age. In the same period, the hospital sent out a total of 273 patients to the main referral hospital in Banjul for further management.”

Cham continued: “In 2012, 313 surgical operations were performed compared to 205 in 2011, which indicates an increase of 52.7 percent. Eye surgery accounted for the highest in 2012 with 183 cases, followed by caesarean section with 175 – an increase of 58 percent from 2011. Equally, both the number of institutional deliveries and multiple births increased substantially between 2011 and 2012. The number of deliveries increased by 24 percent, from 1,574 in 2011 to 1,954 in 2012 and multiple births increased by 58.8 percent, from 34 in 2011 to 54 sets of twins in 2012.

“Institutionally, maternal mortality ratio significantly reduced between 2011 and 2012 with a reduction of 38 percent in one calendar year. The dental clinic attendance has also increased from 2,008 in 2011 to 2,584 in 2012, with an increase of 29 percent. However, the number of X-ray screening reduced by 53 percent from 2,454 in 2011 to 1,114 in 2012. 

“In 2012, a grand total of 884 pints of blood were transfused of which maternity patients consumed 65 percent, medical ward 31.2 percent and paediatric ward 13.1 percent. Among the 5,035 routinely screened pregnant women, 66.9 percent (3,369) were found to be anaemic and 18.35 percent (920) were severe.”

Speaking on his institution’s financial status, he added: “In 2012, the generated revenue from user-fees was D250,939, a recorded increase of 13.8 percent from 2011 with D220,461, while the hospital received a sum of D17,889,412.81 on all its subventions.”

Mr Cham pointed out that despite the milestones, his institution is faced with challenges that hinder improved healthcare service delivery. The hospital is without a general surgeon and provision of accommodation and utility leaves much to be desired, he said. 

Meanwhile, the adoption of the hospital’s report has been shelved until April 2015, a decision made to allow the auditors to finalise the 2013 report as well. 

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