SSNIT Hosp, others to the rescue

Mr Alexander Segbefia,Deputy Defence Minister (2)DOCTORS at quasi-public health facilities are in full operation, despite the withdrawal of services by their colleagues at other public hospitals across the country.

Some of the facilities in Accra include the Social Hospital and the Cocoa Clinic.

The industrial action by the public sector doctors has placed a heavy responsibility on the private health facilities as patients have turned their attention to these places.

The various wards of these quasi health facilities yesterday, typical of the hospitals though, were crowded with patients who had travelled from various parts of Accra to seek medical attention.

When The Ghanaian Times visited the SSNIT Hospital yesterday, doctors were busily attending to patients, while nurses and other hospital administrators went about their duties.

The Out Patient Department (OPD), the emergency and other wards, were bubbling with activities as patients waited in queues in front of the wards, to receive medical care.

The authorities at the hospital declined to speak to The Ghanaian Times, but a source close to administration said there had been no substantial increment in the number of patients who sought their services.

According to the source, three emergency cases which the hospital could not handle after doctors withdrew their services at the emergency wards had been referred to the 37 Military Hospital.

At the Cocoa Clinic, the OPD was half-full at about 12 noon yesterday, when our reporter visited.

While officials at the facility were locked up in a meeting at the time The Ghanaian Times visited, it was gathered that the hospital had not been over-stretched during the strike period.

At the Holy Trinity Medical Centre, a private health facility also in Accra, the atmosphere there looked calm with doctors in their white apparel attending to patients.

A patient, rushed to the hospital in discomfort, was quickly taken to one of the wards where a specialist was said to be stationed to take care of life threatening conditions.

The Ghanaian Times investigation revealed that most of the doctors who worked at the facility also worked in some of the government hospitals.

The doctors’ strike declared by the Ghana Medical Association on July 29, has led to some hospitals gradually folding up as patients have deserted them due to the lack of doctors at the facilities to take care of them.

By Julius Yao Petetsi  

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