By Bernice Bessey
One of the country’s largest medical equipment outlets, Reha Medical Supply Ghana Limited, has donated 80 beds to nine hospitals in Accra to support the government address the menace of ‘no bed syndrome’ persisting in our health facilities.
Reha Medical Supply support, which falls directly under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), was motivated by hospitals claiming not having enough beds, thereby refuse to admit patients for treatment.
It will be recalled recently that a 70-year-old man, Anthony Opoku-Acheampong, died after seven hospitals failed to admit him because they claimed there were no beds for him to receive care.
Similarly, patients, including infants and their mothers, are compelled to receive treatment while on the floors of the hospitals due to the same problem.
Harry B. Sintim-Aboagye, Executive Chairman of Reha-Medical Group Limited, handed over the beds to the hospitals yesterday at Osu, Accra.
Handing over the items, he said the issue of ‘no bed syndrome’, which was becoming one too many, influenced him to consult his management to help address some of the challenges facing the health sector.
He stated: “in view of the ‘no bed syndrome’ that has bedeviled the healthcare delivery sector of our nation, a leading multinational healthcare company, Reha Medical Supply Ghana Limited, under their CSR policy, has donated 80 hospital beds valued at GH¢180,000.”
The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital received 20 of the beds, 37 Military Hospital, Police Hospital, Tema General Hospital LEKMA Hospital and La General Hospital had 10 each, while Achimota Hospital and Kosoa Polyclinic also got five each.
Mr. Sintim-Aboagye assured the hospital representatives present that the beds were of European standards, and hoped they would be put to a good use to serve the Ghanaian population.
The Acting Medical Director of Police Hospital, Dr. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Marian Tetteh-Korboe, received the beds on behalf of the hospital representatives present at the donation ceremony.
DCOP Marian thanked the medical supply company for the generosity and promised that the items would be used for the purpose they were donated.