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Don't blame medical practitioners for poor health system-GMA

Written by  Jul 11, 2018
General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Justice Yankson has said medical practitioners cannot be blamed for the poor medical system in the country. He has attributed the challenges confronting the sector to government. He said, “truth be told this is part of the bigger challenge that we are all facing and to a large extent, as a country we are trying to play ostrich. Basically, this is our problem; our emergency medical services are not in the best of state. “As a country, we are doing so good in some areas of our healthcare but this particular area, the emergency medical services, we have been caught pants down as a result of the systematic refusal over a long period to invest properly in that area from infrastructure to the training of emergency medical professionals and now we have been exposed. It has emerged that, some patients on admission at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital’s surgical ward have been directed to purchase plastic chairs due to unavailability of beds. Social media was awash with photos of patients sitting on plastic chairs receiving treatment. The Public Relations Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Mustapha Salifu, said the hospital is not enthused about the situation and is working to decongest the ward. He said the hospital as part efforts to decongest the ward is sending information to other hospitals not to refer emergency cases there.
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