No bed syndrome: Korle Bu Teaching Hospital acquires 200 beds

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The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has purchased 200 beds to help eliminate the “no bed syndrome” facing the facility.

Speaking to Citi News, the board chairman of the facility, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye said the beds were acquired for the emergency ward.

“We bought about 200 beds and also put in place a proper efficient bed management system at the emergency unit.”

He lamented that cases of patients who do not get beds at the emergency unit cause difficulty in supervision.

“We also realized that cases were dragging at the emergency unit. The labs had to literally move from unit to unit before coming back to the emergency unit, so quickly we put in place a system to make sure supervision was strict,” he stated.

Ghana’s premier health facility had been rejecting emergency cases because of the shortage of beds.

The situation also forced doctors to treat some patients on benches and on the floor while others were made to wait on plastic chairs, as a result of congestion at the emergency unit of the Hospital.

Dr. Boye added that the acquired beds are still not enough to accommodate the number of patients who visit the facility on a daily basis.

“The situation is better and the numbers we are seeing have reduced drastically but we are not out of the woods yet,” he said.

He was grateful to the president and the chief of staff for their support.





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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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