- The Korle Bu teaching Hospital will be shutting down its Eye Center for restructuring works
- Authorities at the center say the restructuring is due to improve the poor ventilation and unsafe working condition(s) at the clinic.
The Korle Bu-Teaching Hospital is expected to shut down its Eye Center on Monday March 7 following structural defects in the facility
The closure, which follows the recent closure of the surgical unit has been related to the poor ventilation and unsafe working environment at the facility as the facility is reported to generate lot of heat because of its glass fitted sliding doors and windows which lacked a central cooling system.
“The physical structure has sliding windows, glass and tight wooden doors and other bigger glasses on the various openings of the building. The comfort cooling system (Air extractor) which was provided, failed to yield results. The Central Air conditioner serves the Theatre only; but now [because it is] out of use, it has also led to the temporary closure of the theatre. The facility was later said to have received ten standing fans from a benevolent individual, but “these fans only blow hot air. The wards were infested with mosquitoes because patients could not sleep without opening the sliding windows down due to the heat. The whole facility is very hot, coupled with rising environmental temperature which led to excessive sweating and dehydration during work. In fact, the facility is a closed one and requires a cooling system than fans to provide human ventilation for service delivery,” the statement revealed.
The closure of the facility is thus expected to take a toll on patients seeking both regular and emergency care. In the meantime, authorities have advised the general public of a speedy restructuring in order to forestall unfortunate events.