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04.03.2009 Health

Korle Bu Presents Annual Performance Review

By ISD (Elvis Adjei-Baah & Michelle Agbenorto)

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Prof Nii Otu Nartey, has revealed that the Hospital intends to build a local team that will be able to perform more kidney transplant.

He noted that Korle Bu teamed up with doctors of the United Kingdom to undertake kidney transplant on three patients.

The Chief Executive made these known when he presented the hospital's annual performance review, yesterday, in Accra.

In the hospital's effort to introduce cutting-edge methods in patient treatment, Prof Nartey stated that, it has introduced an advanced way of treating Prostate cancer known as Brachytherapy. This treatment, he noted, has a minimal post operative complication and higher success rate.

On patient attendant, the Chief Executive said the hospital recorded a total number of 323,752 OPD attendances in 2008 as against 227,292 in 2007.

The CEO said the hospital has begun its networking to facilitate communication between the Korle Bu Stores Department and the Central Medical Stores, Tema. 'The Project, which involves telemedicine, will afford the opportunity of sharing knowledge in Patient management among hospitals in the country and abroad', he emphasised.

As one of the ways of addressing the challenges the hospital faces, Prof Nartey said management has written to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to release 20% of the rent paid by staff for the renovation and maintenance of accommodation units for staff.

On the outlook for 2009, the Chief Executive said the hospital will expand, modernise and rehabilitate physical structures and replacement of obsolete equipment and tools with specific attention on the Medical Block.

The CEO said the hospital also intends to review its financial management systems as well as improve its internal control and capacity building at the Internal Audit Unit.