A former Health Minister under the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, Joseph Yieleh Chireh says there are many challenges confronting the health sector, and every government have tried to resolve them.
The pharmacist, barrister, diplomat and current MP for Wa West told Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, there are several things that are wrong with the system.
‘’Coming directly to this issue, there are several things that are wrong, one; it is attitude of professionals, health professionals generally and in particular those who man the emergency centres; number two, resource constraint and resource include beds and also; three, management of facilities and information management. So if you look at it, those who turned away the 70-year-old man- did they have the correct information about the situation of beds? Were they negligent in their duty as professionals or was there no sense of responsibility? These are the issues we should look at,’’ he said.
For him, a person doesn’t have to lie on a bed to be treated when it is an emergency situation.
He said, when people are rushed to the hospital, the first contact of people who have to attend to you are those at the emergency and it appears this was not done in the case of the late Acheampon, who died after he was turned away by six hospitals over the ‘no bed syndrome’.
He challenged Ghanaians to seek legal redress against facilities that perpetrate this action.
Commenting on the call by the Speaker on the Legal Committee to criminalize the ‘no bed syndrome’, the legislator stressed the need for management of such facilities to also be punished for such unprofessionalism so it will serve as a deterrent to others.
He admonished the media to engage with management of facilities when issues like these are being discussed and not politicians alone.
The politician was of the view that, should an investigation be conducted, it may turn out that; there were special beds at the hospitals that turned away the late Acheampon.
He called for a system where the quality of service will be checked on regular basis to ensure Ghanaians get the best of service.
The ruling government he said should be partly blamed for failing to operationalize the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) and other health centres, a move he indicated could have prevented such a situation.