The admission wards of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi are all full to capacity.
Currently, patients referred from other districts to the facility are receiving medical care on the corridors of the facility.
Health workers who spoke on the issue revealed that, “at the moment, you can see that we are giving medical care to patients at a place where we are not supposed to do so. All our wards are full to capacity.”
“There’s no free bed, for now, that’s how bad the situation is. Tell the government to speed up on other stalled hospital projects in the region. That’s the only way this problem can be solved”, a staff revealed.
A nurse in charge of the Orange Ward at the Hospital, Irene Owusu also stated that “we are in dire need of beds, because of lack of beds we cannot even admit those who are sitting on chairs.”
“Like now, we have about three patients who are unknown and they’ve occupied the beds for a long time. But if there are enough beds those who are sick will be able to occupy those beds.”
She added that “another problem is we have a lot of people at the main wards who have been discharged but are not able to pay their bills, so they are still there and they are occupying the beds.”
“So, I think it’s one of those things that is escalating to lack of beds.”
Nurse Irene maintained that she and her colleagues are worried about the situation.
“It’s not today only, every week we have that problem. It’s something that is happening here.”