General News of Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Health Minister Kweku Agyemang Manu is worried about the increasing pressure being put on the country’s first referral hospital.
He does not understand why patients with minor ailments such as stomach upsets and headaches will visit the Korle Bu Teaching hospital as their first port of call.
“Don’t just get up and go to Korle Bu,” the minister told a section of the media in an interview on Wednesday.
Satellite facilities like the Mamobi Polyclinic, Adabraka Polyclinic, Kaneshie Polyclinic, 37 Military Hospital etc were put up to take up the pressure from Korle-Bu, he said, adding, Korle-Bu must only be for referral cases.
His comments come at a time when pictures are sprawling on social media about the congestion at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital.
Patients have been captured receiving treatment on the bare floor, on plastic chairs and benches at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital.
The bare floor treatment by the hospital appears to be a reaction to complaints by the general public to the no-bed syndrome that was said to be rife in many of the country’s hospitals.
Few weeks ago a 71-year-old man died after being turned away from some seven hospitals over lack of beds.
There were many reports and complaints from the general public, some of whom gave personal testimonies about how they were turned away from hospitals because of lack of beds.
The hospitals have responded to the complaints and are now admitting patients and treating them in every available space in the hospital.
Korle Bu has become the worst hit in this mass admission of patients which has resulted in congestion.
The Health Minister is worried by this new development.