Management of the Korle-Bu Teaching has rendered an apology to staff and patients for the recent flooding at its Endoscopy Unit, caused by heavy rains.
An endoscopy unit is the dedicated area where medical procedures are performed with endoscopes, which are cameras used to visualise structures within the body, such as the digestive tract and genitourinary system.
In a statement issued yesterday, the management of the hospital assured the general public that the situation would not recur as measures had been put in place to effectively deal with possible future re-occurrence.
“The situation is under control and efforts are being made to relocate the Unit to a more conducive environment. We apologise for any inconvenience and anxiety this incident may have caused our staff and patients,” the statement said.
Management further indicated the decision to relocate the Unit was taken prior to the flooding incident, explaining that “there had been a partial demolition of some old structures to make way for the second phase of the construction of a new Psychiatry Department to improve mental health services”.
“This inadvertently resulted in debris, obstructing drainage and run-off from around the Endoscopy building, which is immediately adjacent to the construction site. This became evident after the heavy rains,” portions of the statement added.
The statement assured that the contractor was working frantically to clear the area “to prevent recurrence of the situation”.
It said: “The Endoscopy Unit has highly skilled personnel who, over the years, have consistently delivered expert diagnosis and treatment to many patients from within Ghana and the West African sub-region.”
The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital’s Endoscopy Department in Accra got flooded after a seven-hour rain on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
The hospital staff was forced to quickly move patients on admission at the ward to another facility to continue treatment.
Patients who went to the facility to seek medical attention in the morning were also stranded.