To justify his recent comments on the hospital, Dr. Hassan Ayariga, the leader of the All People’s Congress (APC) party, described a horrific experience he had there.
The politician-turned-business entrepreneur had said that the nation’s top hospital was nothing more than a death trap where people could perish at any moment.
In an interview with Roselyn Felli on Prime Morning, Dr. Ayariga described how hospital medical directors and nurses would leave the premises and then come back the following day, leaving attention-seeking patients to their fate.
“The doctors left the place by 11:30 pm. Patients were crying because their oxygen had finished. Mine got finished around 2 am, and no doctor or nurse came there until 5:30 am in the morning. So, we were on our own from 11:30 pm to 5:30 am,” he alleged.
In addition, according to Dr. Ayariga, some patients—including himself—ran out of oxygen while being treated, but no medical professional was there to help. As a result, some patients who could have lived died.
In his case, without mincing words, Dr Ayariga recalled: “After three and a half days, Korle Bu was now taking me to go and check my lungs when I was to be transferred to IMAH Hospital. My saturation was reduced from 85 to 65. I tell you Korle Bu is a death trap.”
In his opinion, remodeling and rebuilding the hospital is the best course of action, and if elected president of Ghana, he will do just that.
“I’ll refurbish and change the management of Korle Bu. I’ll make sure that nurses and doctors there have to go for extra training because when you go there, people don’t really care because they see death every day,” he said.
He attributed the appalling condition of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and other hospitals around the nation to a lack of oversight and monitoring as well as a misdirected emphasis on the side of the central government.
“There’s no control and monitoring in all institutions in this country, and that’s the reason why institutions in this country cannot pay workers. Government has to borrow. The reason why we have borrowed 341 billion and yet there’s nothing to show.”
Dr. Ayariga’s allegations have not yet received a response from the administration of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
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