KBTH develops innovative means of improving service delivery

Various departments of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) have implemented innovative means in handling patients to improve service delivery at the hospital.

Among these innovations were ways of handling children who delay in development, an Electronic Payment Tracking System (EPV Tracker) and Electronic Letter Tracking App System (L-TAS), and first endo vascular aortic aneurysm repair and tracking care for patients with severe mental disorders among others.

The initiative would help Ghanaians receive effective and quality health care at affordable prices while also ensuring that practitioners at the hospital learn and compete effectively with health workers of developed countries.

Speaking at the maiden innovative summit yesterday in Accra, Mrs Sandra Asante, the Head of Physiotherapy Department at the hospital observed that parents of autistic children and those whose growth  delay face challenges in handling them, hence the innovative ways in addressing those challenges.

She said health practitioners at the centre have developed paper chairs and cardboard equipments to assist parents in handling those kids to enhance their working activities at home and job post.

Mrs Asante indicated that most parents have deprived children confronted with movement challenges effective walking and sitting devices and equipments due to its expensive nature, adding that, “The ones we have created with papers and cardboard is cost effective, just GH¢200 as compared to foreign ones which cost Gh¢3000.”

She called on parents to send their wards to KBTH to develop for them such equipment, and also teach them the means of handling and maintaining the devices.   

Dr Ali Samba, Director of Medical Affairs at KBTH, explained that the summit would strengthen healthcare solution at the hospital, adding that there were 20 departments at the hospital and each department did not know what other departments were doing, hence the summit to abreast themselves with what each department was doing.

He noted that lack of resources by patients have compelled staffs to find other innovative means to afford patients with much cheaper cost and effective health care service.

Pin hole surgery, Dr Samba stated, would reduce the cost of travelling to other foreign countries for surgery, adding that, “If patients are to go outside like India, America and Europe, they are going to pay over $50,000 and in Ghana you will pay about $10,000, this is very innovative.”

The Board Chair of KBTH, Dr Okoe Boye, underscored the need for Ghanaians to assess those services at Korle Bu, and urged other hospitals to learn from them to enhance quality and affordable healthcare service delivery in the country.

He lauded KBTH Information Communication Technology (ICT) team for going paperless in introducing electronic means of assessing and securing files of patients, saying that it would aid efficiency of service and identify beds which were empty to admit new patients.

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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