The Bawku Presbyterian Hospital in the Upper East Region is to be upgraded to a teaching hospital to serve the growing needs of the society.

Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem, the Upper East Deputy Regional Minister, said government would liaise with the Presbyterian Mission to upgrade the hospital to serve as a teaching hospital that would focus on training health professionals to feed other health facilities in the region.

This, he said, would also alleviate the burden on young students who had to travel to Kumasi or Accra to be trained as medical officers.

Dr Kuganab-Lem said this when he commissioned a modern labour ward in the hospital, built at a cost of GH¢600,000.00.

He said government was committed to providing medical facilities and the needed incentives for health personnel to ensure effective and efficient health services delivery.

Dr Kuganab-Lem commended the Presbyterian Mission and said government was committed to creating an enabling environment for all religious institutions to operate and contribute to developing the health sector in the country.

Mr Fred Effa-Yeboah, the General Manager of the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital, said the ward has been built at the right time as it would contribute to reducing maternal deaths in the area.

He said the facility was equipped with the needed modern equipment to help make health delivery faster and easier.

He commended Friends of Bawku (FOB), a group in Holland, who supported the hospital to build and equip the ward and called on other stakeholders to help the Hospital reduce maternal deaths in the area. GNA