Healthcare in Ghana have witnessed a significant improvement in both structure and human resource. Many health professionals have been trained indifferent fields to attend to the healthcare needs of the General population. In the same way, healthcare facilities have sprung across the country, with CHiP compounds in the most rural areas to provide primarily healthcare. The advanced facilities which are mostly located in the urban and most populated areas have also seen improvement in infrastructure, technology and technical know-how of experts. The existence of many health facilities have never been the same in the past, and that is why we bring you some information about the first hospital that was built in Ghana and the advances it has gone through so far.
The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, 2hichbis also the premier tertiary healthcare facility in Ghana, was established on October 9, 1923. The facility was built under the administration of Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, then, the Governor of the Gold Coast, as a General Hospital to attend to the health needs of the people. Korle Bu, in the local Ga parlance means ‘the valley of the Korle Lagoon’.
it is beleived that Shortly after its establishment, Korle Bu Hospital, as it was called then witnessed an increase in hospital attendance as a result of the proven efficacy of hospital-based treatment. This surge in accessing the Hospital’s services mostly result in serious congestion. This compelled the Government to set up a committee to assess and make recommendations for its expansion in 1953. With the initial bed space of 200-bed capacity, and after recommendation from the Task Force, new structures such as Child Health, Maternity, Medical and the Surgical Blocks were added to the Hospital. This increased Korle Bu’s initial 200-bed capacity to 1,200.
In order to equip the facility to train Health professionals in various fields to attend to the future healthcare demands of the people, Korle By gained "Teaching Hospital" status in 1962 when the School of Medicine and Dentistry, formerly University of Ghana Medical School, was established to train doctors.
The Korle By Teaching Hospital, which is also the third referral centre in Africa has about 2000 beds, 21 clinical diagnostic departments, as well as three centres of excellence (the National Cardiothoracic Centre, the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre and the National Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine).
In order to ensure effective administration and functioning of the facility, the Ghana Health Service and Teaching Hospitals Act, Act 525 of 1996 was promulgated which gave the Hospital the power to operate as a semi-autonomous organisation. It draws direction from a Board which is charged with giving broad policy guidance for the smooth administration of the Hospital.
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital continues to blaze the trail when it comes to the introduction of specialised services. It recently carried out the first ever kidney transplant in Ghana. It is one of the few hospitals in Africa where DNA investigations are carried out. Other specialised services the Hospital provides include brachytherapy intervention for the treatment of prostate cancer and keyhole surgeries.
The Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burn Centre, the National Cardiothoracic Centre and the National Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine in particular also draw a sizeable number of their clientele from neighbouring countries such as Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Togo.
There are numerous numbers of experts in many fields currently working in the facility in delivering quality healthcare. Experts include both Ghanaian nationals and foreign experts from advanced countries with very good expertise in healthcare and advanced technology. If you are having any health complications, Korle By is the best place to visit in Ghana.
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