Tema Gen Hospital in crisis: Six mothers share one bed

Tema Gen Hospital in crisis: Six mothers share one bed

- About six nursing mothers share the same bed at the Tema General Hospital

- The development has been noted to be due to the lack of facilities at the hospital

- Doctors say the situation there risk causing health problems to nursing mothers and their babies

Tema Gen Hospital in crisis: Six mothers share one bed

A cross-section of the Tema General Hospital's maternity ward

About six nursing mothers at the Tema General Hospital share a single bed at the maternity ward of the hospital.

The stark reality at the hospital was made known through an investigative report by Citi Fm in Accra. According to the report, the situation has created a lot of discomfort not forgetting the health risks to nursing mothers and their babies.

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Difficulty faced by patients of the maternal ward was made much clear when the Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, Dr Kwabena Adusei stated that the ward, which originally was meant to cater for only six women was now accommodating an excess of 36 mothers.

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“The mothers do not feel comfortable because newly delivered mothers go through pains. They are forced to sit on chairs and their babies will be lying on the beds; it is uncomfortable,” a nurse who works at the hospital stated.

The Tema General Hospital which was constructed in 1954 by Ghana's first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah , was built to serve as a health post to take care of  the engineers who were at the time constructing the Tema Harbour. The facility therefore got transformed over the years, now serving over 900, 000 people in its catchment area. The pressure on the facility is worsened by the number of accident victims recorded on the Tema-Motorway and other major roads close to the hospital.

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