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12.10.2005 General News

CEO of Korle-Bu proposes new children's hospital

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Accra, Oct. 12, GNA - Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Chief-Executive Officer (CEO) of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has proposed a new hospital for children outside the precincts of Korle-Bu. He said the children's block at Korle Bu was very small, always congested and therefore, called for a separate building to cater for the numerous health needs of children.

Speaking to officials of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) who visited the hospital as part of their 12th anniversary celebration, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said the new proposed children's hospital should include emergency centre and intensive care units.

He said the hospital, which was meant to be a referral one was now attending to new cases, thus, creating congestion in almost all the departments.

The CEO also proposed a Maternity department having a hospital of its own to cater for all gynaecology problems.

He said the hospital was under staffed with only 1,600 beds for over 6,000 patients, adding, "we have been forced to use benches and the floor as beds which is not too good enough".

"We currently have a little over 800 nurses instead of 2,000 nurses and this is just not adequate to serve our numerous clients". More

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said management was doing well to improve on their services to clients and was also developing new skills and new units and had even gone the extra mile to develop a draft patient's charter.

He said the hospital was currently putting up a unit under the Radiography Department called the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which is the advanced form of CT scan and it would be ready before the end of this year.

"It would be the first in the country and the best in West Africa. There was only one in Abuja serving the whole of West Africa but is currently not functioning," He added. Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said common cases reported to the hospital were, malaria, fever, stroke, fibroids, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases.

He appealed to Ghanaians to live decent lives, undertake more exercises, eat fruits, vegetables and desist from immoral lives like bleaching, eating oily foods and alcohol. Ms Anna Bossman, Acting Commissioner of CHRAJ commended the hospital for its efforts in ensuring quality health care but also expressed concern about the rights of patients. She said the Commission was focusing on people's rights to health and education.

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