President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 11th January 2021, at the Police Hospital, launched a GH¢6.1 million Police Emergency Medical Intervention Fund, aimed at providing immediate financial assistance for the medical treatment of police officers, who get injured in the line of duty.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “I have been assured that beneficiaries do not have to go through the usual bureaucracies and the associated delays which have, in the past, resulted, in some cases, in personnel losing their lives whilst awaiting treatment, and the deterioration of medical conditions of some others”.
Presenting the first three beneficiaries of the Fund, Chief Inspector Victor Anako, Inspector Theresa Ohene and Corporal Isaac Asuman Opoku, with amounts covering the cost of medical treatment in Ghana and abroad, the President was hopeful that “all police officers who require medical treatment will receive the best of care, without recourse to the cost of treatment.”
On his part, President Akufo-Addo made a modest contribution of one hundred thousand cedis (GH¢100,000) to the Fund, a gesture which was met with spontaneous applause from the officers, men and women of the Police Service gathered at the venue.
In his remarks, prior to the commissioning of the New Out-Patient Department (OPD) facility at the Police Hospital, the President commended the Police administration and the management of the Police Hospital for constructing the new OPD, which will help decongest the existing facility, which, hitherto, was responsible for seeing to patients with emergency cases as well as to regular OPD patients.
“This new OPD, which cost a modest sum of one hundred and eighty thousand cedis (GH¢180,000), will be dedicated to emergency cases only, in line with best practices. It will ensure a clear line of separation between emergency cases and routine OPD visits, thereby improving the quality-of-service delivery at the hospital,” he added.
Particularly excited about the establishment of the Virtual Medical Centre, constructed at an equally modest amount of fifty thousand cedis (GH¢50,000), the Virtual Medical Centre, which is an end-to-end video hospital management system, will allow patients, no matter where they are located in the country, to undertake virtual consultation with healthcare professionals at this hospital.