The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has dedicated the Tarkwa Pentecost Hospital at a special ceremony held on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.
The facility is one of the three hospitals owned and run by the Church through its social services wing, Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS).
The health facility, which began as a mobile clinic in 1984 with just eight workers, has now evolved into a fully-fledged primary hospital with a staff strength of over 183. It currently serves over 47,000 people in the municipality and its environs.
At the short dedication ceremony at the E.K. Kyei Memorial Temple, Tarkwa, Apostle Eric Nyamekye said the facility was constructed to meet the urgent need for healthcare delivery for the Brahabebome community and its environs.
According to him, the project is part of a package of social development projects undertaken by The Church of Pentecost across various locations in the country in line with her five-year strategic vision, dubbed “Vision 2023.”
“As part of this vision, the Church is partnering the Government of Ghana in contributing to the accelerated socio-economic development of the nation. We are, therefore, grateful to the Almighty God for granting us the privilege to serve humanity and contribute to national development through our social ministry,” he said.
The Chairman also thanked the Government of Ghana, Ministry of Health, the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), PENTSOS, and all who contributed in diverse in making the vision of the Pentecost Hospital Tarkwa a reality.
Besides this edifice, the Church has over 96 educational institutions and eight healthcare facilities (two hospitals and six clinics). Other social interventions of the Church include the construction of four holding facilities to enhance the reformation and integration of inmates, construction of police stations and posts across the country, construction of over 76 water facilities in deprived communities and institutions and the establishment of social enterprise ventures which are providing employment opportunities to the youth in Ghana.
The Chairman also hinted that a new clinic is being constructed by the Church at Abesiwa near Bechem. He also revealed that the Pentecost Clinic at Enchi Kwawu in the Asankrangwa Area of the Church is being upgraded.
The Tarkwa Municipal Director of Health Services, Mrs. Caroline Otoo, commended the management and staff of the hospital for their hard work and urged them to keep up the good work. She also advised them to aspire for greater heights by providing quality healthcare so as to attract more patrons.
The Health Services Unit Coordinator of PENTSOS, Elder Alexander Kwame Frimpong, also congratulated the management and staff on the great feat.
He noted that it is the objective of PENTSOS to make all of its healthcare facilities a sanctuary of healing.
“To be able to achieve this, the staff must be dedicated, take standardisation seriously and aim for excellence. This we will be able to achieve through proper policies, structures and motivated human resource,” he said.
He also thanked the Executive Council of the Church for instituting the Health Improvement Infrastructure Fund to support the infrastructure development of health facilities in the country.
Dr. Peter K. Yeboah, the Executive Director of CHAG and President of Federation of World Christian Health Association, commended The Church of Pentecost for its commitment towards providing enhanced healthcare delivery to deprived communities in the country.
He also commended the staff and management of the facility for the giant stride made.
“Pentecost Hospital-Tarkwa is the only CHAG member institution in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality, joining a family of other 345 CHAG member institutions, and now has a new role as a special representative and ambassador of CHAG to demonstrate stewardship and Christlike-centreed compassionate healthcare in this municipality,” he said.
Present at the event were Nana Kwabena Ango II (Chief of Apinto Traditional Council), Nana Ampong Kwesi II (Chief of Bonsawire and Kyeame Hene of Wassa Fiase), and some ministers of the Church in the Tarkwa Area.
Also in attendance were Board Members, management and staff of the hospital including the Board Chairman, Apostle Dr. Daniel Okyere Walker, an Executive Council Member and the Tarkwa Area Head of the Church, and the General Manager, Pastor Dr. Suleman De-Graft Issaka.