The Hospital’s maternal mortality ratio has reduced by over 100 between 2017 and 2018.
In 2017, the Hospital recoded 594 per 100,000 live births but this reduced to 492 per 100,000 live births in 2018.
Briefing the media at the Hospital’s Annual Performance Review, the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Daniel Asare noted that the drop in maternal deaths is the first to have been recorded in a decade, adding, that, the drop had been made possible because a blood bank has been opened at the Maternity Block, making this service readily available to women who need it.
In the year 2018, the Hospital’s ‘No bed syndrome’ was tackled with the opening of the Accident and Emergency Centre. The new Centre has 60-beds with modern equipment to handle all trauma and non-trauma emergencies.
In line with Korle Bu’s quest to maintain its leadership in medicare, Dr. Asare said a combined surgical team successfully reattached a severed wrist.
Our hepatobiliary team have also performed over 100 surgeries for patients with cancer of the liver, bile duct and pancreas successfully, he said.
One major hurdle in 2018 was the breakdown of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and CT Scan machines. This disruption created discomfort for our patients and the Hospital, as well. Thankfully, the machines have been repaired this year and are working.
For 2019 and beyond, the Hospital intends to go paperless, employing digitisation for service provision. Again, the Hospital Management will work with government, investors and relevant stakeholders to refurbish our Mortuary, Pathology, Surgical and Maternity Blocks and also purchase additional MRI and CT Scan machines. With these interventions, it is expected that patient experience with the Hospital will be enhanced.