95% of beds in hospitals should be for emergency cases - Oko Boye

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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Newly appointed Board Chair of the Korle-Bu teaching hospital, Dr Bernard Oko Boye says it is prudent for majority of the beds in every hospital in Ghana be allocated for emergency cases.

According to Dr Bernard Oko Boye, investment in emergency care in Ghana has not been sufficient enough across various governments.

Speaking in relation to the recent no-bed syndrome that has hit Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the board chair said on Citi Fm's news analysis programme The Big Issue that " If a 500-bed hospital is built, 450 of them should be allocated for emergency cases when there's talk of no beds at a health facility, it doesn't mean there's no money to buy beds, it's more about the space available for patients"

Dr Oko Boye also revealed that "We've put plans in place already to free up some space at Korle Bu in the short term and deal with the issues in the medium and long-term"

He added that When there's talk of no beds at a health facility, it doesn't mean there's no money to buy beds, it's more about the space available for patients.

Dr Oko Boye further disclosed that the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly - LEKMA hospital's emergency beds are not even up to 15. "At LEKMA hospital there aren't up to 15 beds for emergency cases"

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo in a letter dated June 28, 2018, appointed NPP Member of Parliament for the Ledzokuku Constituency, Dr Bernard Oko-Boye as the Board Chairman of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

The letter named nine (9) persons nominated by President Akufo-Addo to serve on the board of the hospital.
The other members are;

1. Dr. Radha Maria Odua Hackman (Gov’t appointee)

2. Mr Jerry Ahmed Shaib (Gov’t appointee)

3. Dr Patrina Tekyi-Ankrah (Gov’t appointee)

4. Prof Margaret Lartey (Dean, School of Medicine and Dentistry)

5. Dr Samuel Asiamah (Director of Medical Affairs/ Ag. CEO)

6. Mrs Elizabeth Bruce (Director of Pharmacy)

7. Mr Bright Korkoryie (Director Of Finance)

8. Mrs Rita Aryee (Director of Nursing Services)

9. Mr Nurudeen Mohammed (Director of Administration)

Dr Oko-Boye, 36, who could arguably be the youngest Board Chairman for the premier health facility, has been a medical doctor for many years prior to his appointment.

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