The medical condition of over 400 men due for surgery may worsen as a result of inadequate facilities at the Urological Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
[contextly_sidebar id=”FNadyrOEBEsYDvoceff0F7Ios2soe6MQ”]Some of them have had their surgeries postponed for close to a year and as a temporary measure, catheters have been implanted in them till they undergo surgery.
Describing the situation as “serious,” the Head of Urology at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Dr James Mensah tells Citi News that the construction of a urological centre at the hospital was the solution to the urological challenges at the hospital.
“The urological problems in this country is serious. At my last count three weeks ago there are more than 400 men who are wearing catheters who come every three to four weeks to have it changed. Now these men are awaiting surgical intervention. And unfortunately sometimes when we book them, we have other cancers or more urgent cases coming,” he said.
He predicted that more urological medical conditions may be recorded due to the ageing population.
“The cases are there. They would increase because the population is increasing and we are ageing. So we will have more urological problems. The reason for the backlog is clear we are ageing. Only way we can solve this problem is to build capacity. Now we operate twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays whilst we should be operating every single day,” he said.
Dr Mensah was confident that the construction of a centre was the solution to the challenges of the department.
“If we have a centre it will serve three purposes, one is that it will allow us to train more urologists. Ghana has only 38 urologists but we need about 200 urologists. So with a centre we can train more urologists, we will have more facilities to treat the patients and also do research,” he said.
By: Franklin Badu Jnr/citifmonline.com