Korle Bu turns away brain tumor patient over ICU closure

Korle Bu turns away brain tumor patient over ICU closure

A brain tumor patient, Mr John Newman, was turned away by the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Tuesday morning because of the closure of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Surgical Department.

Mr Newman had been on admission for the past two weeks but couldn't undergo surgery because the ICU was closed, a report by myjoyonline.com said.

The situation compelled doctors to place Mr Newman on medication and send him home.

According to the report, doctors acknowledge the Mr Newman requires urgent surgery because his condition is deteriorating by the day.

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Several other patients who are in critical conditions have had their surgeries postponed until the ICU is operation, the report added.

In a reaction, the Public Relations Officer of Korle Bu, Mr Mustapha Salifu, said the hospital wants the new equipment installed in the ICU to be fully tested to make sure they are functioning properly before the public is granted access to the unit.

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The ICU houses all the equipment required for the recuperation of patients after their surgeries.

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