The GCB Bank has officially handed over the renovation of the Judicial Service Clinic in Kumasi to the Chief Justice at a ceremony.
The bank had awarded the contract to ASA Management and Medical Consult to expand and refurbish a two room clinic to a modern state-of-the-art eight bed-capacity standard health centre as part of its Corporate Social responsibility.
The new facility comprises an Out-Patient department and a reception area, records and administration unit, a fully stocked pharmacy for three months, a well-equipped laboratory, a consulting room, a treatment Unit, dressing bay and a mini kitchen.
The facility, fully networked for paperless medical record system in line with Ghana’s digital agenda, is also provided with non-drug consumables and medical and consumable stores as well as two male and female patients’ wards with the desired washroom facilities.
Handing over the facility to the Chief Justice, Mr.KwasiAninYeboah last Thursday, a Consultant of the GCB bank, Mr. Samuel Amankwah on behalf of GCB Bank Managing Director, Mr. Kofi Adomakoh indicated that as Ghana’s first indigenous bank, it felt committed to help in Ghana’s development agenda, conscious of the fact that there is a strong link between good health, productivity, wealth creation and economic development.
He said this vision, coupled with the need to support the Judiciary as a critical arm of government that spurred the GCB Bank on to invest substantially in the health sector and the upgrade, expansion and modernisation of the Judicial Service clinic in Kumasi to cater for the critical health needs of judges, magistrates, staff and lawyers.
Mr.Amankwah hoped the facility would radically improve the quality of service and infrastructure of both patients and staff in the ensuing years.
The Chief Justice, who unveiled the plague to commission the new facility, thanked the GCB bank for the immense support and challenged the staff to maintain improvement in the facility with improved service delivery to justify the investment by their benefactor bank.
Dr. Naomi Apea, Medical Director in charge of the refurbished facility, noted that with the upsurge of COVID-19 the facility should be used to contain the spread of the disease as well as screen and prevent other communicable diseases.
She urged the staff to work professionally and add to quality service and ensure that the facility is safe by ensuring that all COVID0-19 protocols are strictly observed.
His Lordship, Justice Kofi Akrowiah, the Supervising High Court Judge (Ashanti region) envisaged a healthy staff of the judicial service in the renovated facility, noting that a healthy population hinges on good and efficient or dependable healthcare.
He also believed that with the upgrade of the facility headed by a medical officer, absenteeism on the part of staff on flimsy excuses of sickness and doubtful excuse duties would be reduced.
According to him, the yearly attendance at the clinic, since it was established in December 2010 had progressed steadily from 170 in 2010 to 1,286 in 2019, with a grand total of 6.464 patients and hoped that patronage would increase with the upgrade to justify the investment committed into it.
The Supervising High Court judge further disclosed that the region has one Court of Appeal, 14 High Courts and 33 District Magistrate courts, as well as the office of the Deputy Judicial Secretary of the Northern Sector and Middle Belt located in the Court of Appeal building commissioned on November 27, 2008 by ex-President J. A. Kufuor and then Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Mrs. Justice Theodora Wood.
Justice Akrowiah also mentioned that the region has 55 judges and magistrates and staff strength of 751, of which 416 are within the Kumasi metropolis.
He bemoaned that out of the 15 staff bungalows in the metropolis, only five are habitable with the rest in deplorable state, as a result of which five High court judges are residing in rented accommodation, amid security implications.
He also complained of a lot of staff vacancies which he said are impacting on service delivery and pleaded with the CJ to take urgent steps to address them.
Justice Akrowiah noted that 12 out of approved projects in the region are ongoing and commended the CJ for the steps he is taking to take justice delivery very close to the people with the building of new court structures at Old Tafo, Kwadaso, Bompata, Wiamoase, Abuakwa, Pakyi No. 2, Akomadan, Anhwiankwanta Santali, Boaman and Juaben in the Ashanti region.
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