Ranking member on the Health Committee of Parliament, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has called on Ghanaians to partly blame the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the death of the late 70-year-old man who died as a result of the ‘no bed syndrome’ last Sunday.
The former health minister under the previous NDC government opined that, a functioning University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC), and other completed health facilities by the previous administration would have resolved the ‘no bed syndrome.’
The MP for Wa West made the comments in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
The 70-year-old man reportedly died in his car at the LEKMA Hospital at Teshie in Accra after he had been turned away by seven hospitals because they claimed they had no beds to admit him.
He emphasized the need for the country to take a critical look at our emergency units in all government hospitals, resource them so they work efficiently.
‘’…but the current government is also largely to blame, because if they had operationalized the 617 bed facility in the University of Ghana Medical School, this would have eased the pressure on beds in Accra. Secondly, if they had operationalized the many of the facilities that have been completed and not put in use, if they had employed doctors who are at home and not engaged; these are all things that could help solve the problem,’’ the MP said.
Joseph Yieleh Chireh, suggested the use of monitoring and evaluation by ensuring people are held responsible for their time and use of resources, since this will largely help improve e the sector.