St. John of God Hospital is one of the five health facilities in the Catholic Diocese of Goaso. It is the Municipal Hospital for Tano North Municipality, Brong Ahafo Region. The Tano North Municipality has an estimated population of 91664 (projected from the 2010 Population and Housing Census) for 2016. The annual growth rate is 2.3%. It is bounded in the North West by Sunyani Municipality, South West by Asutifi, to the South by Tano South and to the North by Offinso Districts.
Vegetation and Climate
It has a semi deciduous forest with two seasons; rainy season (April – August) and the dry season (October – March). The average rainfall is about 1200mm per annum. The district experiences moderately warm climate with an average temperature of 24˚C and maximum temperature of 39˚C. The district is drained by rivers Tano, Kwasu and Subiri; the area has fairly good drainage though the soil in Duayaw-Nkwanta is high in clay. The yearly bush fire is causing deforestation.
The main trunk road from Kumasi to Sunyani passes through the district. The other roads linking Duayaw-Nkwanta to the other smaller towns and villages within the district are untarred and it is difficult to travel to most rural communities during the rainy season.
There is an extensive telephone network including mobile phone services of Vodafone, MTN, Tigo, Espresso, Airtel and Glo. There is 24 hour internet service in the hospital as well.
The main economic activities in the municipality are farming and trading. The cash crops cultivated are cocoa, citrus and oil palm. Food crops are maize, cassava, vegetables such as tomatoes, garden eggs and pepper. There are quite a number of public and civil servants employed in various institutions.
The Municipality has three level ‘’B’’ Health Centres, one Polyclinic and three completed CHPS zones, and St. John of God hospital is the referral facility for all the health facilities in the district.
All major towns in the district have access to electricity. The hospital is supported by a standby generators that provide power when there is electric outage.
St. John of God Hospital is a Catholic Hospital in the Catholic Diocese of Goaso, Brong Ahafo Region. It has a bed capacity of 148 divided into General, Children, Orthopaedic, Emergency and Maternity wards. The institution also has two theatres, seven private wards, Reproductive and Child Health, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Pharmacy, Laundry, Hospital Engineering and Eye departments. The institution operates 24-hour emergency service. It has six consulting rooms and a vital signs room. The records, cashiers, billers, laboratory, health insurance, dispensary, doctors’ conference and rest rooms are all found at the O.P.D.
The administration block is separate and contains the Administrator’s Office, Accounts section, the Office for Human Resource Manager, the Secretarial and Telephone Exchange Room and a classroom for in-service training. The hospital has a Medical store which is separate from all other departments. There are 3 morning masses in every week at 6:30 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Health Care Services
We operate the following services:
- Out-patient Care
- Inpatient Care
- Medical and Surgical Care
- Pharmaceutical Services
- Counseling and Testing/Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (C.T/PMTCT)
- Diabetic Clinic
- Tuberculosis programme
- Orthopaedic service
- Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
- Health Education
- Reproductive and Child Health
- Hypertensive clinic
- Eye Clinic
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Club foot Management
LEADERSHIP OF THE FACILITY
ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
Management and Administration
The hospital has a Management Team made up of the Administrator who is the Head of Management, Medical Director, Nursing Administrator (Matron), Chaplain, Accountant and Human Resource Manager that meet monthly. Heads of Departments also meet once in every quarter and staff durbars are also held once in every quarter. Emergency meetings are held when the need arises.
The institution also has Procurement, Quality Assurance, Project 5 Alive, Funeral, Claims Management, Accommodation, Celebration, Emergency and Infection Prevention and Control Committees. Staff prepare for Easter and Christmas by having a day of recollection each time.
Stores and Supply
All purchases of the Hospital; Pharmaceuticals, Consumables, Equipment etc. are received in the store and department who need such supplies would have to make requisitions to the stores. Drugs are purchased from selected suppliers and are stored under suitable storage temperature and conditions.
The Hospital has good a working collaboration and relationship with the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, the Regional Health Directorate, Brong Ahafo, The District Health Directorate, Tano North, the District Health Insurance Scheme, the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) and the National Catholic Secretariat (NCS).
The hospital has good relationship with the St. John Foundation, Maastricht and AstraZeneca all in the Netherlands who sponsor many of our constructional works in the hospital, including the Guest/Staff Houses, Equipment, Logistics, Relative Kitchen and part of the construction of the ground floor of the Administration block.
The hospital also maintained good relation with Friends of Ghana Foundation in the Netherlands, who support the hospital with equipment, logistics and constructional works in the hospital as well as in the town.