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NGO to supply 1,000 beds to hospitals in Ghana

By: Lucy Mensah
• Apostle Kwabena Boakye Kumah
• Apostle Kwabena Boakye Kumah

A NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisation (NGO), ‘A Bed to Save a Life’, is raising funds to help acquire beds for hospitals in need.

The project, which is targeting benevolent donors and other NGOs, is part of efforts to reduce the no-bed syndrome in the various health facilities across the country.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the Programme Manager of the organisation, Apostle Kwabena Boakye Kumah, said the initiative was to help make hospitals and clinics a safer place for patients.

He observed that patients were often turned away from hospitals because there were no bed spaces to admit them.

Some also, he said, were admitted but had to compromise with the unavailability of beds and, therefore slept on the floor, a situation he described as unacceptable.

“It is very sad how people are lining up in the hospitals on the floor. We are aiming at purchasing 100 beds for each region within six months,” he said.

“These beds will be given to the regional health directorates to be given to the hospitals. I think this is a laudable project that people should support,” he added.

Apostle Kumah said inasmuch as the government spent millions of dollars to purchase drugs for the health sector, the issue of ‘no-bed syndrome’ should also be treated with the same urgency.

“This issue cannot be solved by the government alone. It needs a collective effort from individuals and corporate bodies too,” he stressed, and called for the support of individuals, religious organisations, NGOs, companies and philanthropists.