A statement from the hospital indicated that the facility generates a lot of heat because of its glass fitted sliding doors and windows, and also lacked a central cooling system.

wpid-korle-bu.jpgThe statement also said, several complaints by both staff members and patients to address the problem has yielded no results.

Korle Bu-Teaching Hospital’s statement also pointed out that the physical structure of the Eye Centre has sliding windows, glass and tight wooden doors and other bigger glasses on the various openings of the building and the air extractor which was provided, failed to yield results.

“The Central Air conditioner serves the Theatre only; but now [because it is] out of use, it has also led to the temporary closure of the theatre. The facility was later said to have received ten standing fans from a benevolent individual, but “these fans only blow hot air.”
“The wards were infested with mosquitos because patients could not sleep without opening the sliding windows down due to the heat. The whole facility is very hot, coupled with rising environmental temperature which led to excessive sweating and dehydration during work. In fact, the facility is a closed one and requires a cooling system than fans to provide human ventilation for service delivery,” the statement said.

The closure of the facility is coming after the closure of three clinics at the hospital on February including the General Surgery, Neurosurgery and Urology centres.

The latest closure according to the statement, is due to poor ventilation and unsafe working environment at the facility.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh

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