Administrators of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital have emphasized that, extra 500 beds are needed to solve the crisis of accommodation at the biggest referral hospital in Ghana.
The lack of beds situation at the Surgical Medical Emergency (SME) unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital force doctors to treat patients in plastic chairs and on floors. This follows a directive by the Health Minister for doctors not to turn away patients on the grounds of lack of beds.
NO BED SYNDROME
The syndrome led to a number of needless deaths, with the recent being Mr Prince Anthony Opoku Acheampong, a 70-year old man who was turned away by several hospitals over a lack of bed. This angered a number of people including Members of Parliament to begin a campaign to end the no bed syndrome
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SOLVING NO BED SYNDROME
The government was called upon to increase funding for the sector and emergency services in particular, as part of measures to solve the no bed syndrome that has gripped the country’s leading hospitals by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA).
TREATMENT OF PATIENTS
According to the hospital administrators, treatment of patients on bare hospital floors in emergency cases should not be encouraged because it leaves the patient to the threat of infections.
Moreover, in order for patients to have a safer care, they added that, their facility needs an extra 500 beds to help solve the accommodation crisis of the hospital.
By: Marcia Yeboah/pinkfmonlinegh.com