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ESSENTIAL FIRE SAFETY TRAINING: “Ensuring Preparedness and Protection"

INTRODUCTION: In today’s world, fire safety training stands as a critical component of any comprehensive safety program. From workplaces to residential areas, the potential for fire hazards exists, making preparedness and prevention paramount. This article aims to outline the fundamental aspects of fire safety training, its importance, key elements, and best practices to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals and communities.

IMPORTANCE OF FIRE SAFETY TRAINING:  Fire incidents can lead to devastating consequences, including loss of life, property damage, and disruption of operations. However, with adequate training and awareness, many of these incidents can be prevented, and their impact minimized. Fire safety training plays a vital role in empowering individuals to recognize potential fire hazards, respond effectively in emergencies, and mitigate risks before they escalate.


  • Hazard Awareness: Understanding common fire hazards in different environments, including workplaces, homes, and public spaces.
  • Fire Prevention Techniques: Implementing measures to reduce the likelihood of fire incidents, such as proper storage of flammable materials, regular equipment maintenance, and adhering to safety protocols.
  • Emergency Response Procedures: Equipping individuals with the knowledge of how to respond swiftly and safely in the event of a fire, including evacuation procedures, using fire extinguishers, and assisting others to safety.
  • Communication and Coordination: Establishing clear communication channels and designated roles during fire emergencies to ensure a coordinated response and minimize confusion.
  • Training and Drills: Conduct regular fire drills and training sessions to reinforce knowledge, test response capabilities, and identify areas for improvement.

CONCLUSION: Fire safety training is not merely a legal obligation but a moral imperative to safeguard lives and property. By investing in comprehensive training programs, organizations and communities can enhance their preparedness, reduce the risk of fire incidents, and create safer environments for all. Let us strive to prioritize fire safety education, empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent, respond to, and recover from fire emergencies effectively.

Report: Charles Nsiah Kewa (Health Information Officer & Inservice Coordinator)


The Tain District Hospital in collaboration with the Tain and Banda District Health Directorates has organized a 2-day workshop on the maternal health improvement strategy for midwives. This was on Thursday 14th to Friday 15th March, 2024.

The program was facilitated by Dr. Bernard Okyere of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of the Sunyani Teaching Hospital. It had as its main objective to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes within the two districts.
Topics covered included amongst others pre-conception care, Antenatal care, Hypertensive Diseases in Pregnancy, Antepartum hemorrhage, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Labour Monitoring, PMTCT, and Data management.
Opening the ceremony, the District Director of Health Services for the Tain District, Mr. Kennedy Ohene-Agyei called for a concerted effort to avoid maternal mortality irrespective of challenges that may be experienced. 

On his part, the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Philip Taah-Amoako encouraged midwives in the sub-districts to put up their best but appreciate their limitations where need be and refer early. He emphasized that whatever data is recorded in the district hospital is a reflection of what happens in the sub-districts and called for communication and early referral.

Report: Akoto Phillipina (Nursing Officer)


End of year pic 1
End of year pic 2

A 3-day Annual Review Meeting was held in the facility from Wednesday 14th February to Friday 16th February 2024. This was to review and evaluate activities for the year 2023. The event was climaxed with a meeting with stakeholders of the facility.

Under the theme “Working towards a secondary facility, the role of stakeholders”, the event was used to review the performance of various indicators by the facility, do a trend analysis over the previous 3 years, and work towards a better year. A SWOT analysis of the facility was also presented in weighing the prospects of achieving a secondary status.

In his presentation, the Medical Superintendent asserted that though there has been a significant improvement in patronage, there was a need to do more to maximize the use of the facility. He therefore called on stakeholders and the district as a whole to collaborate in uplifting the image of the facility and telling our story.

The event was graced by the Honorable District Chief Executive of Tain District, Dr. Nana Lucy Acheampong, the DCE for Banda District, represented by the District NADMO Coordinator, the District Directors of Health for Banda and Tain Districts, the Chairman of the Hospital Advisory Board, and other members of the Advisory Board.

Also in attendance were officials of the Bui Power Authority, the Ghana Police Service, and the media.



The facility on Tuesday 19th December 2023 held the final staff durbar for the year. The well-attended durbar created an opportunity for the evaluation of the year 2023 and look at prospects for 2024.

The event was also used to award outstanding staff for the year 2023. Nominees were proposed from the various units and vetted by the Quality Assurance Committee. The Overall Best Staff Award was presented to Mr. Norbert Baffour-Gyimah of the Anesthesia Unit. Mr. Baffour-Gyimah has worked in the facility for over 10 years and the most part was the only anesthetist. Popularly known as “Dr. Opera” or “Chief of Staff”, he took home a certificate of honor and subsequently will be presented with a tabletop fridge.
Other awards presented were the Best Unit Award which went to the Environment Unit for their outstanding performance of 100% during the Peer Review Exercise and their general commitment to duty. They received a certificate of honor and an amount of money.

The 2 longest serving staff of the facility were also awarded. They were Mrs. Alice Tijan, and Mrs. Rebecca Osabea, both midwives. Both reported on the same day, 17th July 2008, and have served the facility to date. They both received certificates of honor and will subsequently receive 32” LED television sets.

 Report: Welbeck Asamoah(Principal Nursing Officer)


The Tain District Health Directorate, in collaboration with the Tain District Hospital, and under the distinguished patronage of the Tain District Assembly on Friday, 3rd November 2023, launched the Network of Practice Program.

The network shall be created around health centres referred to as the Hub with all other health providers within the sub-district as spokes. Funds were raised as seed money to kickstart the initiative.

The network shall be created around health centres referred to as the Hub with all other health providers within the sub-district as spokes. Funds were raised as seed money to kickstart the initiative.

 Report: Kawusar Mohammed and Akoto Phillipina (Nursing Officers)


breast and cervical cancer screening at tdh

The Screen and Treat Team of the Centre for Research and Applied Biology of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) has held a 2-day training workshop on cervical cancer screening and female genital schistosomiasis(FGS). This was from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15, 2023.

A team of midwives from the Bono Regional Hospital and Sunyani Municipal Hospital trained 10 midwives from the Tain and Banda Districts on Visual Inspection of the cervix with Acetic acid (VIA) in cervical cancer screening. Globally, 6 in 10 women are diagnosed with cancer annually with 4 in 10 losing their lives. These midwives were thus tasked to train at least 5 midwives each to ensure all women in the reproductive age group had access to screening centers and trained midwives for screening as part of global efforts to eliminate cervical cancer.

A total of 55 women were screened on the second day of the workshop. A further 200 women between the ages of 18 and 45 years are expected to be screened by each district in two weeks. Participants were also trained on how to screen for Female Genital Schistosomiasis, a highly prevalent and under-diagnosed condition that is widespread in areas closer to water bodies. All women who would be screened in the coming weeks would be taught how to do the self-test which would be followed by another test by the trainees. The team leader, Dr. Emmanuel Timmy Donkoh, a Senior Lecturer of the university, lauded the facility’s orderly manner with which the training was run and encouraged the trainees and the hospital as a whole to do their best in fighting cervical cancer and FGS.

 Report: Kawusar Mohammed and Akoto Phillipina (Nursing Officers)



The Bono Regional Minister, Hon. Justina Owusu Banahene, on Friday 25th August 2023, paid a working visit to the Tain District Hospital.

it was the first official visit after the facility started operating in September 2021.

She was taken on a tour by the management of the facility led by the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Philip Taah-Amoako. She expressed fascination about the ultramodern facility the district has been providing and advised staff and leadership to make maximum use of it while ensuring its maintenance.
The Medical Superintendent expressed his gratitude for the honor done in passing through and laid out some pressing issues that hindered service delivery.

He further assured the minister and her entourage of the commitment of staff to ensuring the health needs of the district are met. 

You can also visit our gallery page for more exciting pictures and videos for the visit

Report: Ohene Toah Joseph (IT OFFICER)


The Medical Superintendent, Dr Philip Taah-Amoako was part of a Ghanaian delegation that took part in the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting under the G20 India Presidency. This was held from the 17th to the 19th of August, 2023, at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.

The 3-day event involved doctors drawn from both the public and private sectors globally. It also engaged businessmen and women involved in medical value travel and trade. Dignitaries in attendance included amongst others the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare of India, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya and Mr. Katsunobu Kato, Health Minister of Japan

Besides the G20 Health Minister’s Meeting, there were four side events including One Earth One Health Advantage Health Care – India 2023; WHO Traditional Medicine Global Summit; India MedTech Expo 2023; and ‘Sustain, Accelerate and Innovate to End TB in South-East Asia Region Conference.
The side event on Medical Value Travel, Advantage Health Care India 2023 was a G20 co-branded event that focused on global collaborations and partnerships for building resilient healthcare systems. This was the biggest government-funded event for Medical Value Travel across the globe. Dr. Taah-Amoako was involved in several B2B meetings on medical collaborations and training.

As chair of the G20 Presidency, India aims to continue and consolidate health priorities and key takeaways from previous presidencies while highlighting critical areas that require strengthening. India also aims to achieve convergence in discussions across various multilateral forums engaged in health cooperation and work towards integrated action.
The event offered a platform for the exhibitors to showcase various innovations in medical value travel and technology by the people of India. It also offered opportunities for networking and interactions on collaboration in health. Participants also toured various specialized hospitals in Ahmedabad, India to have firsthand information on the varied facilities available for health tourism and training.

Report by Iddris Ibrahim (SENIOR IT MANAGER)


Tain District Hospital in collaboration with Tain District Health Directorate commemorated World Breastfeeding Week 2023 on the global theme “Enabling Breastfeeding Making; Making a Difference for working parents”. The event took place on the 2nd of August, 2023 at the hospital foyer. Speaking at the event, the Medical Superintendent, Dr Philip Taah-Amoako indicated that approximately 99% of mothers with newborns leave the hospital having successfully initiated exclusive breastfeeding. However, about 50% return at 3 months still exclusively breastfeeding. This dwindles further to 33% on the eve of their 6th month. Poor compliance to exclusive breastfeeding is ironically common amongst literate working mothers. This he attributed to the short maternity leave, work demands, and lack of a convenient place for breastfeeding at the various workplaces. Thus, he proposed the setting up of breastfeeding corners at various workplaces and the opening of a crèche for babies of staff. The Regional Nutrition Officer, Mrs Benedicta Aganiba also underscored the need for mothers to exclusively breastfeed the babies due to the enormous benefits proven by research.

The hospital also took the opportunity to exhibit the facilities’ breastfeeding corner and current 10 steps to successful breastfeeding. Kindly visit our gallery for more images.

Report: Danaa Alhassan (Nutrition Officer)




Welcome to an extraordinary excursion to a magnificent dam! on 3rd August 2023, we embark on a journey of engineering wonder, where we’ll witness the awe-inspiring ingenuity that has tamed roaring rivers and harnessed their immense power for the betterment of mankind.

As we approach the dam, its sheer size and commanding presence leave us in awe. Trained experts will guide us through the intricacies of this colossal structure, explaining how it skillfully regulates water flow, generates clean energy, and facilitates irrigation for vast agricultural lands.

Climbing atop the dam’s crest, we’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the sprawling reservoir it created, reflecting the sky’s hues like a shimmering gem. The fusion of the dam’s concrete prowess with the surrounding natural beauty is a sight to behold.

Moreover, we’ll delve into the dam’s ecological impact, understanding the measures taken to preserve the delicate balance of the environment. Witnessing this harmonious coexistence of man-made creation and nature’s splendor is a humbling experience.

This excursion is an opportunity to celebrate the triumphs of human innovation and to appreciate our interconnectedness with the natural world. Let’s dive into this journey of marvel and knowledge as we explore the wonders of this remarkable dam!


Prof Margaret Ivy Amoakohene, a member of the Council of State and a native of Nsawkaw, has donated 2 mowers (a push mower and a cutter bar mower) to the Tain District Hospital. This is to help in the maintenance of the landscape of the facility.

Prof Amoakohene had on an earlier visit to the facility promised to support after an observation of the difficulties faced in maintaining the large landscape.
The presentation was done on her behalf by her father, the Sanaahene, and the Chairman of the Hospital Advisory Board, Nana Kwasi Gyan.

Prof Margaret Ivy Amoakohene is an Associate Professor and formerly the Acting Director of the then School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana. She was also Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada in the John Agyekum Kufour administration.

Prof. Margaret Ivy Amoakohene

a member of the Council of State and a native of Nsawkaw

Ms. Catherine Jane Baidoo, Senior Staff Midwife. Tain District Hospital, Nsawkaw

World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2023

Article by: Ms. Catherine Jane Baidoo (Senior Staff Midwife)

THEME: Making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030

Menstrual health is not just a health issue but a human rights issue. Girls undergo puberty with menstruation which is a major change in their adolescent and adult life.

World Menstrual Health Day is observed on the 28th day of the 5th month of every year because menstrual cycles average 28 days in length and ladies menstruate an average of 5 days each month.

It is estimated that 500 million people lack access to menstrual products and adequate facilities for menstrual health. Research has linked unhygienic conditions for using, cleaning, and drying menstrual health products to reproductive tract infections. Cases of transactional sex have also been reported where economically vulnerable girls have had to exchange sex for money to buy sanitary pads. Some also experience social isolation due to fear and shame around menstrual hygiene. Thus, their participation in social activities during their menses is impaired. Some girls even fear going to school during their period.

Access to menstrual health products has significantly changed menstrual hygiene management too. Cloth usage has been framed as an unhygienic option and has gradually become a thing of the past. In truth, absorbent, and clean cloth according to Mahajan (2019) is a traditional and affordable menstrual health product. However, due to poor access to and inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities and the possibility of shame of washing used cloth in public or in the full glare of family members, maintenance practices are poorly done, and potential infections may result.

In Ghana, 10% of females report not using sanitary pads as a menstrual hygiene product (Rossouw L. et al, 2021). Others report a lack of access to clean, private, safe, and lockable spaces for menstrual hygiene management especially in schools and workplaces. These include flush toilets, handwashing areas, and lockable washrooms. These disparities have been associated with differences in wealth, education, and infrastructural limitations of the household.

Noteworthy is the fact that the planning and design of sanitation systems also hardly consider the needs and practices of menstruating women and girls. This is because of the predominantly male control over infrastructure investments, preventing menstrual hygiene-related considerations in sanitation system designs and operations.

There are varying ways to address issues concerning menstruation and menstrual hygiene among girls and women. These include,

  • National policies to eliminate period poverty in which girls whose parents cannot afford products struggle to buy these and limited access to water and sanitation services.
  • Education and provision for adequate menstrual hygiene management systems in schools.
  • Education on menstrual health by talking openly about menstruation and puberty and including the boy child while educating the girls, would be steps to reduce feelings of shame and discomfort around the topic. The inclusion of teachers and other cadres of staff to provide this kind of support is also essential.
  • Health care professionals should educate adolescents, especially on their reproductive growth on ways to prevent unforeseen consequences such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, which are major health issues.
  • Breaking taboos and misconceptions around menstruation. Students should be encouraged to ask questions and look for people who can answer them free of judgment.
  • Making hygiene products affordable for all, providing sanitary bins and menstrual hygiene products preferably in all toilet facilities

In conclusion, Menstrual Hygiene Day is a global advocacy platform to promote menstrual hygiene and health for all girls and women.

At Tain District Hospital, our Wellness Clinic and Adolescent Corner is open to all wishing to have a conversation on this.


  1. menstrualhygieneday.org
  2. Rossouw, L., & Ross, H. (2021). Understanding Period Poverty: Socio-Economic Inequalities in Menstrual Hygiene Management in Eight Low- and Middle-Income Countries. International journal of environmental research and public health18(5), 2571. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052571
  3. Sommer, M., Kjellén, M., & Pensulo, C. (2013). Girls’ and women’s unmet needs for menstrual hygiene management (MHM): the interactions between MHM and sanitation systems in low-income countries. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 3(3), 283–297. doi:10.2166/washdev.2013.101 


The facility on Wednesday, 17th May 2023, commemorated the World Hypertension Day with a call on patients diagnosed with the condition to strictly adhere to their medications.


The facility on Wednesday, 17th May 2023, commemorated World Hypertension Day with a call on patients diagnosed with the condition to strictly adhere to their medications.
Speaking at the event, the Bono Regional Deputy Director of Clinical Care, Dr. Kwabena Kumi emphasized that the medications given in the treatment of hypertension do not have adverse effects on male sexual functions significantly as speculated but the underlying condition rather does. He, therefore, urged men to comply with their medications while routinely visiting their doctor.

The Medical Superintendent, Dr. Philip Taah-Amoako reiterated this point while urging staff members to also avail themselves of screening programs to ensure the maximum health of the health workers.

A new website for the hospital was launched and outdoors.
The event was chaired by the Sanaahene of Nsawkaw Traditional Council, Nana Effah Gyan, and graced by the DCE for Tain District, Hon. Dr. Nana Lucy Acheampong, the District Director of Health Services, Mr Kennedy Ohene-Agyei, the other members of the Hospital Advisory Board.


breast canser awareness creation

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the cells of the breast. It can occur in both men and women, although it is more common in women. The exact causes of breast cancer are not fully understood, but certain risk factors such as age, family history, hormonal factors, and lifestyle choices can increase the likelihood of developing the disease.

  • Symptons

    Early detection is crucial in improving outcomes. Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump or thickening in the breast, changes in breast size or shape, nipple discharge, or changes in the skin texture of the breast. If any of these signs are observed, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for further evaluation.

  • Prevention

    Prevention strategies for breast cancer include regular self-examinations, clinical breast examinations, and mammograms, especially for women over the age of 40. Healthy lifestyle choices like maintaining a balanced diet, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, and avoiding tobacco use can also reduce the risk of breast cancer.

  • Treatment Options

    Treatment options for breast cancer depend on various factors, including the stage and type of cancer, as well as the individual's overall health. Common treatment modalities include surgery (such as lumpectomy or mastectomy), radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy. Treatment plans are often tailored to the specific needs of the patient and may involve a combination of these approaches. Supportive care and psychosocial support are also essential components of breast cancer management, as they help patients cope with the emotional and physical challenges of the disease. Breast cancer awareness, education, and regular screenings are crucial in the fight against this disease. Advances in research and medical technology continue to improve early detection, treatment options, and overall outcomes for individuals affected by breast cancer.

best in handling all kinds of surgical cases

Handling surgical cases requires a systematic approach and a skilled team. It involves preoperative evaluation, proper patient preparation, and adherence to sterile techniques during surgery. Anesthesia administration, precise surgical technique, and postoperative care are crucial for successful outcomes and patient safety. Effective communication, meticulous documentation, and continuous monitoring contribute to the overall quality of surgical case management.

In addition to the technical aspects, effective handling of surgical cases involves a multidisciplinary approach. Collaboration between surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals ensures smooth coordination and optimal patient care. Clear communication and teamwork are essential to address any unforeseen challenges or complications that may arise during the surgery.

Proper planning and preparation are paramount in handling surgical cases. This includes ensuring the availability of necessary equipment, instruments, and supplies, as well as anticipating potential risks and complications. Surgeons must have a thorough understanding of the patient’s medical history, perform preoperative assessments, and obtain informed consent. Adequate patient education and counseling about the procedure and postoperative expectations are also important for patient satisfaction and compliance.

Overall, the handling of surgical cases requires a comprehensive approach that combines technical expertise, teamwork, effective communication, meticulous planning, and attention to patient safety. By upholding high standards of care and focusing on patient well-being, healthcare professionals can strive to achieve successful surgical outcomes and enhance patient recovery.

all you need to know about your health

Diet tips

Proper diet plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being. Here are some general tips for a healthy diet:

Frequent exercise

Here are  most important benefits of frequent exercise these include:

  1. Improved cardiovascular health: Regular exercise strengthens the heart, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

  2. Weight management: Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight by burning calories, boosting metabolism, and building lean muscle mass.

  3. Enhanced mental well-being: Exercise releases endorphins, which elevate mood, reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression, promoting better mental health.

  4. Increased strength and endurance: Regular physical activity improves muscle strength, endurance, and overall physical performance, making daily activities easier and reducing the risk of injury.

  5. Reduced risk of chronic diseases: Exercise lowers the risk of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis, and metabolic syndrome, leading to a longer, healthier life.


24/7 medical gas supply

The hospital is privileged to be one of the few facilities in Ghana and the ONLY facility in Bono Region to have an oxygen plant. This dispenses oxygen directly to the various wards with excess sold to other facilities.


  1. Atmospheric air is absorbed into a compressor by swing adsorption.
  2. The air then undergoes compression to about 10bar pressure.
  3. A dryer then takes out moisture in the compressed air by method of cooling.
  4. It subsequently goes into a buffer tank.
  5. This then dispenses it to various outlets on the wards and extras to oxygen cylinders.