A deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah, has revealed that the governing is considering establishing more Polyclinics nationwide to minimize if not totally eliminate, the no bed syndrome that has hit major health facilities in the country.
This follows the submission of various funding proposals to Cabinet by the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu for the establishment of those facilities for consideration and approval.
Cabinet, kasapafmonline.com understands, has received the documents detailing the various funding proposals.
Hon. Amoah who made this disclosure when contributing to a panel discussion on TV 3, Saturday, July 14, 2018, said the move has become very necessary owing to the unavailability of beds in all the major hospitals in the country, especially, the referral ones.
“More Polyclinics will be established to absorb some of these things so that we don’t put pressure on the established ones and I don’t think that once you are sick, especially, in those catchment areas, there will be the need for you to travel long distances to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital”, he noted.
The Ghana Health Service has issued a directive to all government accredited hospitals and clinics not to turn patients away on the excuse that they have no beds.
This directive was spurred by the outcome of an investigation into the death of a 70-year old man who was alleged to have been denied admission by seven government hospitals because of the unavailability of beds.
The Akuapim South legislator commenting further, said the nation could have minimized such incidents if it had put in established more polyclinics across the country.
He urged those managing the country’s health sector to help manage the crisis situation very well, inculcate that culture and also let people have confidence in the other health facilities, especially, clinics, polyclinics, and the CHPS compounds.
The notion that the private hospitals are more expensive should also be debunked, he emphasized.
“If we don’t do that we will create the impression that if you are not rich or don’t know someone in high position, you can’t access the major health facilities in the country”, he cautioned.