Leadership, they say, is cause and everything else is effect. This is true in the new leadership that has taken over the reins of control at Ghana’s premier Teaching Hospital, transcending not just the board and management team but the entire staff of the health facility.
Ably led by Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye and the other members of the board including, Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib, Dr. Radha Hackman and Dr. Katherina Tekyi, the team are leaving no stone unturned in positioning the hospital as a centre of excellence.
With the management team comprising, Chief Executive Officer; Dr. Daniel Asare, Director of Medical Affairs; Dr. Ali Samba, Director of Administration; Mr. Munir Alhassan, Director of Pharmacy; Dr. Daniel Ankrah, Director of Finance (Acting); Mr. Maxwell Doh, Director of General Services; Mr. Frederick Addo Yobo, and Director of Human Resources; Mr. Samuel Akotuah Atweri, it is refreshing that Korle Bu is taking steps to break away from its ‘tarnished image’.
At the height of “no-bed syndrome” coupled with the need for prompt response for emergency care, the mobilization of the new board to operate the New Accident & Emergency (A&E) Centre upon assumption of duty came in handy.
Being one of the country’s biggest referral hospitals, the opening of the A&E Centre exactly a year ago has undoubtedly improved the ‘no bed syndrome’ faced at the old Surgical, Medical Emergency providing specialized care, equipped facility and staff for rapid and varied emergency treatment to all people with life threatening conditions that throng the facility.
The new state-of-the-art laboratory jointly set up by the hospital and Mindray, a leading global provider of medical devices and solutions, has enabled clinicians to get results speedily for the management of patients reducing stress both patients and their relatives hitherto faced.
The state-of-the-art laboratory is equipped with a Mindray SAL 6000 analyser, the Mindray SAL 6000 analyser to undertake all general chemistry, special proteins, lipid, cardiac, diabetes and anemia panel investigations.
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerized Tomography (CT) scan which had been non-functioning for a couple of years have been repaired with assistance from Africano Healthcare, suppliers of the equipment, enabling easy access patients in need of such services as well.
It is gathered that plans are underway to procure additional MRI and CT scan machines to prevent a break in service in the future.
In line with the Hospital’s core philosophy that “the patient comes first, all the time”, Korle Bu in recent times is taking the lead in the performance of successful surgeries on the sub-region.
The latest to its feat is the operation of patients suffering from liver, bile duct and pancreatic cancers as available records show that over 120 patients have undergone surgeries in hepatobiliary and liver cancer infections at KBTH since last year saving huge cost that patients would have incurred in seeking treatment outside the country.
At present, the hospital is the first in West Africa to screen and treat preterm babies with retinopathy using laser. The procedure which started in June 2018 has so far successfully treated six babies with eye defects.
Worthy of mention again, is the hospital’s resolve to digitize its operations. A committee inaugurated to oversee the transition is undertaking preparatory work for full implementation of the project expected to begin by the end of the year.
With this and many more activities in the pipeline, Korle Bu is poised to take its destiny into its own hands and to maintain its pride of place as the best health institution in Ghana and on the West African sub-region.
Courtesy: PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT OF KBTH