- Head of the hospital says it has become necessary to ensure the safety of the entire unit
- Three other units will be opened to help with the situation of hospital admissions
The medical emergency unit of Accra's 37 Military Hospital will be shut down to allow for fumigation. The shutdown will take nine days, according to the hospital.
Officials say the fumigation exercise has become necessary due to the overall need to keep the ward safe. In-ward patients will be transferred to other wards and no new cases will be taken.
Speaking to Joy News, the hospital's head, Brigadier-General Yeboah Agyepong said the fact that the inconvenience will not be out of hand. For him, the three other emergency units that will be up will help matters.
Brigadier-General Agyepong went to explain that if only a part of the unit was fumigated, it would have not made sense health-wise. He mentioned that germs would escape to other parts if the process was done partially.
On his part, the director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Elia Sory said the fumigation process was not unusual exercise. He clarified that for a hospital with a heavy load of cases, fumigation needed to happen twice or more in a year.
Dr. Sory said he will see to it that the hospital will co-ordinate with other nearby health facilities to receive emergency cases. This he believed will lessen the effect of the shutdown on the public.
The 37 Military Hospital is one of Ghana's biggest and most advanced hospitals. Its services is to the public mainly in Accra and its reach is only bettered by Korle-Bu and Ridge Hospitals.
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