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"No bed Syndrome" under control – Korle Bu PRO

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Public Relation Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Mustapha Salifu on Thursday, said, the “no bed syndrome” situation which hit the institution earlier this week is much improved as the number of patients has reduced.

On Monday July 9, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital experienced severe emergency situations where some patients received treatment whiles sitting on plastic chairs.

Speaking to GBCONLINE, he explained that, “the 48 hours ban on referrals was limited to serious emergency situations and not too serious cases could be referred to other hospitals as well”.

“Ideally, before any emergency is referred, there is a need for communication between the referral hospital and Korle – Bu Teaching Hospital but sometimes, some hospitals refer without making any contact” he added.

According to Mr. Mustapha, the situation is a multi-facilitated problem, therefore extension of the facility may not be the only solution. This is because some hospitals may have beds but do not have the capacity to deal with the problems of the patients.

He revealed that hospitals have procured some number of beds and had also received some donations from some organizations which at the moment has helped to calm the situation.

However, Mr. Mustapha said the institution has built a new seventy beds emergency unit which would be commission Friday 20th July, 2018.

In an interview with Gifty Tracy Aminu of GBCONLINE, a woman whose relative has been on admission, expressed worry about the pathetic situation they experienced on the first day they arrived at the hospital.

She disclosed that they came on referral from the Swedru hospital due to the severity of her relative’s condition.

She continued that, they came to meet the no bed situation but was unable to return with her relative considering the condition. With limited options she decided to buy a plastic chair which the patient used for four (4) days before finally securing a bed.

She appealed to government to support health sectors with items they need to work with.

Story by Gifty Tracy Aminu

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