Korle-Bu ICU misses March deadline; not likely to open soon

file photoThe Intensive Care Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital remains closed to the public contrary to claims by management that it would be operational by the end of March.

As at April 4, checks by 3FM revealed that the centre is not likely to be opened soon.

During a media tour of the facility three weeks ago, Consultant anesthetic in charge of critical care at the hospital, Dr. Chris Owoo said the 12-bed renovated Unit was expecting the last consignment of consumables to run the centre that same week.

He also disclosed that drills for the nurses for the centre will start after the Easter breaks to enable them try their hands on the new equipment before finally opening to the public. The drill is yet to take place.

However, a follow-up by 3FM Monday revealed that the accessories for the equipment were yet to arrive.

But Dr. Chris Owoo told 3FM the accessories were expected to be cleared at the Kotoka International Airport by close of Monday.

“Unfortunately, that part of it is not in our hands so we don’t have a definite time. We are still working on the nurses. Hopefully, by the end of the week, we will start setting up’’.

He also added that ‘‘we may not wait for everything before the start of operations but we may not be fully operating the twelve beds required’’.
Meanwhile, the hospital has already opened its three surgical clinics of Urology, Neurosurgery, and General surgery.


Story by Sarah Parku 3FM 92.7

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