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Following The Mirror’s publication that pregnant women have to queue for caesarian section at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, authorities at the hospital have moved in and engaged the services of more anaesthetists to stem the situation.

“The waiting time has reduced drastically,” says the Head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Prof Samuel A. Obed.

He said the hospital had employed more newly trained anaesthetists, and this has greatly improved the ‘queuing’ for caesarian section by pregnant women.

However, Prof Obed said although the waiting time for caesarian section had improved, the recovery ward situation was not the best.

He explained that the recovery ward (a place where pregnant women who have undergone an operation are taken to recover) had only four beds; when the place became full, there could not be any operation.

“If the recovery ward is expanded (by up to 12 beds), it will help,” he added.

The hospital on the average performs between 18 and 22 caesarian sections a day.

The Mirror, in its Friday, December 13, 2013, edition, published that although all three operating theatres at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department were functioning, the lack of anaesthetists, theatre nurses and labourers among others had made it impossible for all three theatres to be used simultaneously.

“What is happening is that we are using them alternatively; we use one for an operation and then move on to use another. This is not the best as it causes pregnant women who need this service to queue.” Prof Obed said.
Source: Daily Graphic/Ghana

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