General News of Thursday, 12 July 2018
A ranking member of Parliament’s Health Committee has chided government for its inability to constitute a governing board to manage health care delivery at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
Joseph Yieleh Chireh believes the governing board would have outlined measures to ease the worrying situation at the facility.
“I have asked questions when the Boards will be put in place since last year, and nothing has been done about it. It is incompetence on the part of government not putting in place boards and management in the institution,” he told Joy News Kwasi Parker Wilson.
No bed syndrome
At Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, patients scatter helplessly on floors throughout hallways, corridors and stairwells.
Because of limited space patients have flooded and spilt out onto the facility’s car park, where they sleep and receive treatment.
A registered nurse at the Hospital on Tuesday told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show that the situation there is dire.
He’s certain the number of deaths within the hands of the hospital could have prevented if space and proper equipment were available.
The death of 70-year-old last month has triggered a campaign for a revolution of the country’s health care delivery with members of Parliament leading it.
His son, Ishmael Opoku said not even one of the seven hospitals they visited gave his late father first aid, the most basic requirement for an emergency case.
Criminalise no bed syndrome
Following from that and other cases, the Speaker of Parliament tasked parliamentarians to formulate a new law that will make it criminal for health personnel to turn away patients over lack of beds.
“No medical person shall refuse to attend to a person in an emergency situation, Prof Mike Ocquaye said on a day when Members of Parliament were vehement in their condemnation of the “no bed syndrome” a popular refrain by health personnel.