The General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson has said the health facilities lack adequate emergency facilities in terms of personnel, equipment among others.
According to him, it is not always the fault of the medical practitioners. A lot of the times there are not efficient and appropriate facilities to treat patients. Most hospitals genuinely do not have enough beds to contain the numerous people that face emergency cases.
“The general population has exploded such that it outnumbers the emergency facilities we have.” He said.
In addition, he said the ‘no bed syndrome’ started roughly ten years ago, therefore necessary precautions should be taken to make things better and prevent the cause of rapid death in the country.
“There is a real problem at hand. There is a need to take bold decisions to correct some of these problems.” He told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr on Starr FM.
Dr. Yankson made the comments following the death a 70-year-old after he was turned away by seven different hospitals in Accra for lack of beds.
Prince Anthony Opoku Acheampong, the CEO of Printhony Printing Press in Adabraka, a suburb of Accra finally died in his car at the LEKMA Hospital after he was turned away from the Adabraka branch of C&J Hospital, Korle Bu Polyclinic, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the Ridge hospital.
The other hospitals he was turned away from include the Police Hospital, the Trust Hospital and finally the LEKMA hospital.
The son of the deceased, Obiri Yeboah took to social media at the weekend to share the sad events leading to his father’s death.
Speaking on Morning Starr, Mr. Yeboah said they begged the doctor at the LEKMA hospital for several minutes just to administer first aid to his father but the doctor consistently said “there is nothing I can do” without even assessing the status of the patient.
BY: Elikem Prince Akoenyenu.