Korle-Bu to spend $560m on new emergency medicine unit

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

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The management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital is to secure $560 million to convert its Central Outpatient Department into an emergency medicine unit, Prof Afua Hesse, the acting Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, has announced.

The authorities are currently holding discussions with the country’s development partners to support the project.

Addressing the annual performance review meeting of the hospital in Accra Monday, Prof Hesse said the conversion of the central OPD into an emergency medicine unit formed part of processes to develop sub-specialities at the hospital and provide excellent services for clients.

She said the hospital was undergoing massive retooling, with the support of the government, to enhance medical delivery at the hospital.

Under the project, 16 of the 24 theatres in the hospital will be renovated and fixed with new and modern equipment to provide smooth services for patients.

Prof Hesse indicated that the project, named, the National Equipment Replacement Project, had already started with the installation of a new MRI and a 640-slide CT scan, in addition to other radiographical equipment.

She said work on the £3.5 million Moorfield Eye Centre, which would become the centre for quality eye care and training, was also expected to be completed and inaugurated by August this year.

On the Children’s Block at the hospital, she said a GH¢12 million children’s emergency complex had been awarded on contract. 

 She said management was putting up a temporary paediatric emergency unit to house patients while construction work on the new one was carried out.

“Upon completion, it will assist in addressing the perennial congestion at the Children’s Emergency Unit and also accelerate sub-speciality growth and development in child-health care,” Prof Hesse noted.  

Story by Salomey Appiah