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2017-02-17

[N] What The Hell! . . . We're Still Talking About 'Missing' State Vehicles? - Allot
[N] We've 'enough resources' for Free SHS - Ofori-Atta
[N] Three robbers arrested for using state protocol vehicle for criminal activities
[N] Bentil backs AU withdrawal from ICC
[N] Pastor sentenced to 20 years in jail for defiling girl, 13
[N] 5 policemen, 2 soldiers wounded in Kumawu chieftaincy clashes
[N] Come clear on Free SHS funding - Minority to Akufo-Addo
[N] All ten regional ministers-designate approved by Parliament
[N] Ghana and Morocco sign 27 MOUs
[N] 15 cops storm NDC's Trobu Secretary’s home to seize
[N] Taxi runs into kiosk, kills woman, 73
[N] I wish I got pregnant - Otiko Djaba

2017-02-16

[N] CID releases Kofi Adams' five cars
[N] I pulled out due to insults – E.T Mensah
[N] GIMPA staff on strike over election of Deputy Rector
[N] Failed NDC MP seizes key to borehole
[N] Invite me or I’ll sue – Ablakwa to Ghartey’s committee
[N] Ghana spent $450,000 to transport troops to The Gambia - Dominic Nitiwul
[N] Stay away from Heritage Fund – ACEP warns government
[N] Government urged to re-think decision to "raid" Heritage Fund
[N] Using heritage fund for free SHS ludicrous idea – Kwame Jantuah
[N] KATH CEO enforced cash and carry policy at emergency ward
[N] No more Hajj challenges - IC Quaye
[N] First Lady cuts sod for hostel at Korle Bu
[N] Education Minister should be sacked - Teachers Union

2017-02-15

[B] Nip 'digital migration company' idea in the bud – Nduom advises gov't
[N] Norfund’s Arise acquires 27.7% of CAL Bank
[B] GRA closes down Packplus Limited for owing GH¢2.6m
[N] Free education is possible if we stop buying V8 - Samuel Atta-Mensah
[N] NDC propagandists fighting against my Council of State bid – E.T Mensah
[N] 21 drug pushers arrested at Tema
[N] Agyarko didn't bribe anybody, they're only spoiling his name - Allotey Jacobs
[N] Akufo-Addo can't fulfil any of his promises; he has only 4 years – Anyidoho
[N] Sammy Awuku grabs chieftaincy title
[N] We have found at last an African solution to an African problem – Ablakwa
[N] Unibank Staff robbed at gun point
[N] Sunyani chiefs ‘forgive’ Brong Ahafo regional minister-designate
[N] Free SHS: NDC pretended the NPP was speaking Chinese - Kweku Baako
[N] You will be sacked if students fail BECE, WASSCE - Education Minister warns scho
[N] KTI Report: Armed policemen stormed girls dormitories with torchlight
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General News

[ 2017-02-14 ]

KATH is one of Ghana's best hospitals

5 die in 7 days at KATH emergency centre over oxygen shortage- Doctors allege
The emergency centre of the Komfo Anokye Teaching
Hospital in Kumasi which is described as the
"centre of excellence" is now a death trap,
killing five people in seven days, senior doctors
at the facility have suggested.

A letter written to the Chief Executive of the
Hospital and intercepted by Myjoyonline.com
indicates the facility is lacking basic logistics,
including oxygen needed to efficiently run the
institution.

So dire is the situation that the doctors have
become "shells of horror," who are "unable to
endure the constant psychological assault they
encounter daily."

Dr Michael Leat Chairman of Komfo Anokye Doctors
Association (KADA) who wrote the letter to Chief
Executive stated that the facility is no longer
fit to accommodate patients including family
members of the doctors in the likely event of an
accident.

The doctors would not want to be used as
"instruments of morbidity and mortality" because
of an ill-functioning emergency ward which once
used to be the Centre of Excellence.

The state-of-the-art National Accident and
Emergency Centre, with a helipad on the roof, was
built at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)
in Kumasi in 2008 to serve as the nation's main
referral facility for accident management.

The Centre with its four other components
including a modern pathology unit with
laboratories; a 280-individual-cubicle mortuary;
comprehensive expansion and refurbishment of the
Specialist Out-Patients-Department (OPD); supply
and installation of modern equipment and spare
parts and consumables for maintenance; was funded
wholly by the Government at a total cost of about
75 million euro.

This was done through proceeds from the Highly
Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Fund and the
National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).

Some eight years later the facility is said to be
reeling under a depressing culture of maintenance
and begging for basic logistics to save lives.

The complaints about the debilitating nature of
the facility is not coming from patients but from
doctors who could no longer endure the long
suffering of a bad maintenance culture at the
facility.

In the letter headlined state of emergency
services in the accident and emergency centre said
the "once touted flagship of our centre of
excellence is fast becoming a death trap for all
and sundry."

Detailing some of the challenges the facility is
going through, Dr Leat said there is "lack of
readily available and sustainable oxygen.

Oxygen is inextricably linked with life hence, its
absence speaks of the stench of death. "Just a day
ago, five patients in the unit of the emergency
department died because their oxygen supply was
cut off suddenly."

"A health centre without a constant and reliable
supply of oxygen is very worrying and dangerous."

The doctors also raised issues about the cash and
carry system and hitches with the blood
transfusion which are killing patients even faster
than the pain from the accidents.

"Cash and carry system of emergency drugs: the
status quo currently is for patients [to pay]
upfront for all services in the hospital including
emergency drugs and laboratory investigations."

The doctors find this particularly worrying
because most victims some of whom are transiting
to other regions may not have their relatives on
hand to pay for drugs which unavoidably will lead
to their deaths.

The doctors say the patients are also made to pay
upfront for blood transfusion which they find
problematic.

"As doctors we are sick and tired of presiding
over deaths," Dr Leat said in the letter
intercepted.

The doctors hope management will, without delay
address their grievances and save lives.

When Myjoyonline.com contacted the Public
Relations Officer of KATH Kwame Frimpong, he said
he was not privy to any such letter by KABA.

He would not speak to the content of the letter
except to say that as a hospital they face some of
the challenges all hospitals face.

He however denied the assertion that facility
lacks oxygen, stating that there is a private
supplier of oxygen to the emergency.

Mr Frimpong said he would have to check with
management about the existence of the letter and
would officially react to the matter.

Source - Myjoyonline.com



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