Health Ministry Retools Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

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By Cecil Mensah

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with Belstar Development LLB, has handed over to the management of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, medical equipment worth fifty-two million Dollars with ancillary services, such as user and three-year post maintenance warranty technical
cover.

The retooling of the hospital forms part of the Ghana National Medical Equipment Replacement Project to upgrade health care technology in all regional hospitals to increase the availability of specialized hospitals in the country

The hospital was provided with six completed projects as a landmark event that can be described as the re-birth of the hospital’s two thousand bed teaching hospital in the country.

The equipment that were provided include, medical imaging, ultrasound scanners, general purpose X-ray, fluoroscopy, CT and magnetic resonance imagers.

The rest are clinical laboratory, Endoscopy/ Laparoscopy/ Arthroscopy, Oxygen concentrators and medical gas management system as the refurbished kitchen and laundry.

Speaking at a commissioning of the six projects to mark the ninetieth birthday of the hospital, Madam Sherry Ayittey said, these achievements are significant in the turbulent journey of the hospital.

She said these is different from the glorious days of the past when the hospital’s facilities were more than adequate for the size of the catchment area for which it was originally built for.

“The significance of the this day’s events lies in the fact that it marks the beginning of a one- and a half year process of refurbishment and re-equipping of selected critical functional areas such as the laundry, kitchen , medical imaging, wards and operating theatres”, she said.

She threw a challenge to the hospital to use the day as a launching pad for a complete rebranding and image- rehabilitation process, because the public perception is a mixed one.

According to her, the hospital had a lot of negative experience over the years for the wrong reasons.

Earlier in a welcome address, Mr Albert Botchway, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) said the National
Medical Equipment Replacement project that was rolled out by the Government two years ago, has really brought improvement in the service delivery to the hospital.

“You will be surprise to note that the refurbished Paediatric Theatre was shut down for almost ten years due the national retooling programme awarded contract to Belstar Development to rehabilitate and re-equip the Paediatric Surgery Unit Theatre, the hospital was greatly relieved of the burden of undertaking this project from its own resources he said.

He said the rehabilitated and re-equipped Paediatric Surgery Theatre will reduce the waiting time for children due for surgery.
He noted that another vital unit of the hospital that will be handed over is the Catering Department.

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