Ghanaians have always found it to be a very tedious exercise going to the hospital although their lives may depend on it, the experiences they go through every time makes their reluctance stronger.
Here are a few things we were able to spot out.
1. Disrespectful nurses
This tops the list of the experiences that individuals go through in the hands of nurses. No offence to the nurses but some of you give the entire professional bad name. Some hospitals have nurses who treat patients as lesser humans and make it a point to oppress the people of the lower class.
Their rude and snobbish remarks and arrogant quirks make people consider the entire medical hospitals since they are supposed to provide hospitable conditions since patients are already in pain.
2. The never ending queue
Most if not all Ghanaians have fallen victim to this one way or the other. Some Ghanaians even visit the hospital at dawn in hopes not to stand in line for an extended period since we know the snail pace these hospitals take to treat patients. It’s an eerie feeling that seems to repeat itself constantly.
3. Unfavorable conditions for pregnant women
Yes, like stated earlier these experiences may not apply to all but most have fallen victim to such circumstances. Many pregnant women complain that they do not receive the proper care and attention they require. Expectant mothers can complain every time they visit the doctor for checkups since they are aware that they will not be fully attended to as expected.
4. Inadequate equipment
It is alleged that most equipment used in hospitals are second-hand equipment imported from foreign nations and although these equipment are provided most of them do not function and only a handful of these equipment’s actually operate in its full capacity. This problem is evident in many hospitals with some nurses who empathize with patients provide an explanation for the delay as an issue of faulty equipment.
5. Doctors writing
Let’s be honest, is it on purpose that doctors write in the manner they do? When doctors provide a prescription for patients, they tend to have no idea what is written on the sheet since all they see from their point of view is gibberish. Most patients who try to interpret make little meaning from what’s there.
6. Physicians prescribing Vitamin C and Paracetamol to patients
Most high school students fall victim to this situation. Since the shelves of these clinics aren’t well stocked, the only product in abundance is what they are provided to help soothe them.