Fix Korle Bu – Angry Ghanaians bemoan failed heath system
A section of Ghanaians has expressed anger about the failed healthcare system in the country.
This was sparked by the demise of a 13-year-old, Michael Kofi Kekeli Asiamah, who died from complications after undergoing brain surgery at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital is the foremost referral medical facility in the country, which serves other countries in West Africa but lacks basic equipment, leading to many avoidable deaths.
His mother, Cordelia Ama Selormey, recounted her ordeal on radio and called for the resourcing of the premier hospital.
“Doctors spent close to 40minutes trying to resuscitate his heart manually because there was no defibrillator to use,” she said.
Reacting to the death of his patient, Dr Hadi Mohammed Abdullah, said he shed tears when he lost Micheal.
“I cried when I lost Micheal, he was full of life, and we did everything we could to save his life,” he said
According to him, the hospital lacks basic equipment, which hinders doctors from giving off their best.
He noted that some equipment donated by the United States and other countries is yet to arrive in Ghana due to the government’s refusal to grant tax exemptions.
These issues have raised concerns about the poor healthcare delivery system at what is supposed to be Ghana’s foremost healthcare facility.
Here are some reactions from Ghanaians on Twitter:
The more lives saved, the less he would get to use his v8 land cruiser for funerals🌚
— BS (@bahm123) May 11, 2021
Govt gives tax exemptions for pple to build hotels & import cars but zilch for medical equipment badly needed at Korle Bu. Govt won’t buy them, the equipment have been donated free too, you won’t make effort to bring dem here. Dr Abdullah l raising some serious concerns. #CitiCBS
— Emmanuel Ayamga (@EmmanuelAyamga_) May 11, 2021
The system will make u think the Doctors and Nurses have bad attitudes, truth is they really give out their best, the system is broken. Just talk to a health professional that works in Korle Bu. You’ll cry.
— Car battery Dealer (@thebodjona) May 11, 2021
why they fight to remain in power till they die. also why the youth will never chop post. coz the ones in power did not do their job and don’t want to rejoin the general population in traffic and at korle bu https://t.co/xApKdAyZ0T
— Atiwa For Rest 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@wanlov) May 11, 2021
A simple defibrillator to be used to save the lives of people, korle bu doesn’t have in one in their surgical unit but a minister was on TV defending why he needed a v8 land cruiser to attend funerals. If we don’t ask for change, we will suffer without liberation rough#CitiCBS
— Black Chinese (@raphael_amuri) May 11, 2021
Listening to #CitiCBS this morning reminded me of how unsafe we are in this country. We are just an illness closer to our graves due to the health care conditions in this country. Even Korle bu, the biggest health facility in Ghana mpo nie 🤦🏾♂️
RIP Kekeli🙏🏾#FixMotherGhanaNow pic.twitter.com/ZGsYPzmaVQ
— 💛Kat. Scalo Jay CFC💙 (@ScaloJay22) May 11, 2021