K’bu, Apollo Hospitals to collaborate on brain tumour treatment

Kwaku-Agyemang-ManuMinister-of-HealthDesignate-2-600x338The Neurosurgical Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) and Apollo Hospital in India yesterday held a meeting to celebrate their collaboration and strengthen partnership to offer best treatment solutions to patients with brain tumor.


It also discussed measures to enhance the capacity of neurosurgeons through trainings and workshops.


A Senior Neurosurgeon at the KBTH, Dr George Wepeba speaking at the meeting in Accra said Korle-Bu records about five cases of brain tumor in a week but was able to treat only one due to limited logistics.


He said it was difficult to treat more patients because presently the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the Neurosurgical Department is the only functional ICU at the hospital and it is used by all wards.


“Patients with brain tumor need extensive care when treated, due to this we are compelled to wait until there is a free bed before we do a surgery and the queue gets long as we wait,” he said.


Dr Wepeba said the neurosurgical unit needs a dedicated ICU  and specialised nurses to be able to treat more patients adding that, “After surgery most patients do not wake up early and must  be put at the intensive care unit to be monitored and given artificial ventilation until they become well,”.


The situation according to the medical doctor has left the hospital with no option than to leave most patients to their own fate or refer them to possible treatment options outside the country.


“As they keep waiting, the brain tumor keeps pressing on their brain, paralysing them on one side of the body and ultimately killing them,” he said.


He stated that the collaboration between Korle-Bu and Apollo has helped save lots of lives.


Dr Alok Ranjan, a neurosurgeon at the Apollo Hospital said his hospital was poised to help people with brain tumor in Ghana survive the trauma.


He called on government to support the Neurosurgical Department at Korle-Bu to deliver better service to its clients.

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey        


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