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AFPRC hospital registers 80% successful patient management in 2012

Feb 2, 2015, 10:36 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Dr Mamady Cham, Chief Executive Officer of AFPRC General Hospital in Farafenni, told the joint session of the Public Accounts Committee and Public Enterprises Committee (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly that the hospital registered 80 per cent successful patient management in 2012.

He also said the hospital reduced MMR by 13.8 per cent (in one year), and increased surgical operations by 53 per cent among other impressive results registered.

Infrastructure development and maintenance work done has made the hospital more attractive to patients and visitors, improved working conditions for staff, which he said, had contributed to improving patient care and positive health outcomes.

Being a health care institution, he added, cleanliness of the premises was given utmost priority.

Records management has improved considerably as the hospital impatient statistics have been collected since its inception in 1999 to inform policy and decision-making, according to Dr Cham.

Furthermore, he said, with the introduction of monthly service delivery statistics, decisions are based on data rather than on opinion.

“Thus, in 2012 the first annual report of this hospital was produced since 1999,” he said.

Dilating on the financial management, he said the hospital’s overdraft situation in play for many years had been addressed.

By end-December 2012, he revealed, the hospital settled all her debts, including the overdraft and monies owned to vendors.

“From then on the hospital is able to pay salaries to staff on time,” he said.

“General management, regular meetings and consultations coupled with an approach of carrying out clinical audits have contributed immensely to their registered gains.”

Given that it’s a team that provides effective health care, all are involved in this effort, which had paid dividends, he noted.

During the year 2012, revenue generated through user-fees (Drug Revolving Funds) was D250,939.00, a recorded increase of 13.8 per cent from 2011 (D220,461.00).

The hospital is a subvented institution, which operates mainly from the monthly subventions received from government.

The AFPRC hospital CEO said that in 2012, the hospital received D18,797,506.56 for all subventions (D10,297,506.56 as PE and D8,500,000.00 as OC).

By 1 January 2012, the hospital bank balance was in the negative of D1,038,713.86.

“However, with prudent financial management by 31st December 2012 the hospital’s bank [balance] was D34,877.16 after settling all her liabilities,” Dr Cham said.