No bed syndrome: Only 3,400 hospital beds for 5 million Ghanaians in Accra

No bed syndrome: Only 3,400 hospital beds for 5 million Ghanaians in Accra

- There are only 3,400 hospital beds to cater for 5 million Ghanaians in Accra

- So far, the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital has most of the beds in Accra

- Parliament is moving to make the 'no-bed- syndrome a criminal offense

Ghana's public health system is in a state of near-crisis especially when reports trickling in show that there are only about 3,400 hospital beds in Accra serving the entire 5 million in the region.

Reports show that so far the Korle-Bu teaching hospital has the largest amount of beds totaling 2000 with the Ridge Hospital following with 420 beds.

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This development follows the 'no-bed' syndrome which has hit Ghana's public hospitals across the country. Unfortunately, many patients with critical medical attention have lost their lives in the wake of being denied health care services all because of the claimed non-availability of beds.

There have been troubling reports of how Ghanaians have died at the entrance of hospitals all because there was no bed.

Parliament has moved in to deal with this medical scourge and thus warned against the no-bed syndrome. It is to this end that parliament is hoping to criminalize the whole no bed claim at the various public hospitals.

Meanwhile, first lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has called for increased collaboration among key stakeholders in the health sector towards achieving universal health coverage.

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She has made the case for the intensification of domestic resource mobilization and improved social mobilization and health communication, to address the social-cultural practices that impede positive health behaviours.

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