Korle Bu burns unit not fit for purpose – Surgeon

One of the first plastic surgeons to work at the Burns Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital says the Unit is not fit to meet its purpose.

According to Dr. Anthony Laing, the structure, which was donated by the Scottish government some 50 years ago, cannot effectively meet local health demands.

Speaking to Joy News on the sidelines of a donation by the Ghana Nationla Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) for the completion and refurbishment of the intensive care unit of the burns centre, Dr Laing said the unit is also not fit for Ghana’s tropical climate.

“I would have thought that we would have put up a custom-made tropicalised burns unit,” he said.

Dr Laing (right) wants the current structure it pulled down

He said the architecture and design of the current burns unit at Korle Bu is a replica of a temperate hospital which was in use for a very long time in Scotland that was decommissioned and the furniture brought to Ghana.

“If you enter the ward, you find the ceiling very low, not enough space between the beds, lack of space for the nurses; they [Scotish] have finished with it we are having it secondhand,” Dr Laing explained.

Meanwhile the commissioned ICU of the Burns Center which has not been used since it was commissioned five years ago will from June 2016 be able to cater for patients.

Last week Joy News reported on how the three-storey facility was rotting away because it did not have the needed equipment to operate.

On Thursday, GNPC assisted the Unit with one million dollars.

CEO of GNPC Alex Mould also promised the corporation will help train staffs of the hospital.


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