Authorities of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) have said the facility is no exception when it comes to the infamous “no bed syndrome” which has become a very common and a disturbing development in the country.
“The facility is no exception when it comes to no bed syndrome” Mr. Kwame Frimpong Public Relations Officer of KATH noted during a studio discussion on Kumasi based radio Sika Fm last Friday monitored by MyNewsGh.com.
According to the KATH, the population it serves is more than its capacity as a healthcare service provider.
KATH alone serves people of the three Northern regions of the country, Western North, some parts of the Brong Ahafo, Northern part of the Central Region and the whole of Ashanti Region as well as the major referral hospital.
During his discussion, Mr. Frimpong indicated that KATH is offering services that should have been done by more than three hospitals hence the no bed syndrome. “Overpopulation poses a burden on us”, he added.
According to him, successive governments have failed to implement what is known as Health System Planning which seeks to consider population to provide equal facilities to march up health care in a country.
“Every country considers its population to make policies on health projection for the citizens. Therefore the government can decide, to build a hospital to say every 2,000,000 people in a country. But in Ghana, we have not been able to implement such a measure that is why the shortage of beds has become very common”.
“Comparing the number of hospitals in the country with the population, you could see nothing better has been done”, he opined.
“When asked if no bed syndrome exists at KATH he answered, any ambulance you see making noise in the Region with patients comes there, hence the facility is no exception when it comes to that”
“Apart from KATH show me if there is any other hospital people are sent to when they are transported by ambulance”, he challenged.
Making his analysis, Mr. Frimpong noted that, though the population of Ashanti Region is almost equal to that of Accra, he observed that the nation’s capital has more hospitals than his Region.
Though he admitted the facility has not been able to serve the people efficiently, he insisted that it will be unfair for anybody to judge KATH by comparing its performance with those in Accra. “
It’s very painful when people do that. You can judge us, but it should be in a certain context”. Kwame Frimpong cautioned
“I will never say KATH is perfect or we work diligently, No because it’s not possible for one person to do the work of four when patients are more than your strength. Things are not going on well at KATH”, He revealed.