General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson has attributed recent challenges of the “No bed syndrome” in hospitals to governments’ failure to periodically resource health facilities in the country.
It was a terrible scene on Tuesday at the Korle-Bu teaching hospital as relatives of patients who were there to seek medical care were compelled to buy plastic chairs to accommodate their sick relatives before they were attended to while others who could not afford same were attended to on the bare floor.
This followed the Ministry of Health’s directive to hospitals not to turn away patients with emergency cases.
Speaking in an interview on Citi Fm, Mr. Yankson said issues of no bed syndrome cannot be recent, since it has been an age old problem bedevilling the health ministry.
“We have been caught pants down as a result of the systematic refusal over a long period to invest properly in that area from infrastructure to the training of emergency medical professionals and now we have been exposed”. He said.
He added that, healthcare in the country must be given a critical attention and a holistic approach to several other things that makes healthcare work.
“Basically, this is our problem; our emergency medical services are not in the best of state. As a country, we are doing so good in some areas of our healthcare but this particular area, the emergency medical services” he said.
The issue of “no bed syndrome” recently came to light again when a 70-year-old man reportedly died in his car at the LEKMA Hospital at Teshie in Accra after he had been turned away by seven hospitals because they claimed they had no beds to admit him.
Source: Kasapafmonline.com/Alex Semordzi