A total of 10,000 hospital beds are to be distributed to all public health facilities across the country beginning this week under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
This according to President Akufo-Addo is aimed at reducing the “no bed syndrome” in the country’s public health space.
Speaking at a ceremony in Accra to officially begin the distribution exercise, President Akufo-Addo says the government has in the last three years implemented programmes and policies aimed at improving the health delivery system of the country.
Nana Akufo-Addo said it is always disconcerting to see patients being treated in wheelchairs, in plastic chairs, and even on the floors because of the unavailability of beds.
“Government’s determination to see an end to this no-bed syndrome has resulted in the decision to procure these hospital beds and their associated accessories for distribution across the country, to augment the existing numbers in the country,” the President said.
To this end, he stated that “in total, 1,500 pieces of critical care beds with overhead tables; two thousand 2,000 pieces of standard hospital beds with bedside lockers; 4,000 pieces health centre beds with bedside lockers; 1,000 pieces of children’s cot; and 1,500 pieces of delivery beds have been purchased”.
At the ceremony held at Burma Camp, where the beds are being housed, President Akufo-Addo stated that the beds, which are to be distributed to all 275 constituencies, are adjustable for better positioning of the patient’s head and feet.
He told the gathering that these beds will allow for better movement of patients, as well as a periodic change to the pressure points on the body, thereby, improving the patient’s blood circulation whilst she/he is in bed, adding that “they maximise comfort for patients who will use them for extended periods of time, and their customisable features will make it easy to adjust specific parts of the bed.”
Whilst urging users and hospital staff to take good care of these beds, which have come at significant cost to the taxpayer, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “with four (4) more years for Nana and the NPP, we will do more for you, because we are motivated by a vision of ensuring that the basic infrastructure in education, health and social services is equitably distributed throughout our nation, to provide relief and encouragement to all sectors of our society. That is how we build a united Ghana”.