First ever maiden scientific research undertaking by the management of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital has revealed that, thirty percent (30%) of surgical cases schedule at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospitals are cancelled due to oxygen challenges. In addition to the aging oxygen plant, are also in adequate anesthetics and surgical which are also adding up to cancellation. The revelation was made known by the head of Cape Coast Teaching Hospital surgical Unit Mrs. Betty Quartson at the hospital maiden scientific conference to create platform for stakeholders to discuss the research findings and the way forward.
The head of anesthesia Unit Mr. Harry Kweku Tontoh admitted to the inadequacy ratio of anesthetics manning the facility. According to him, there are only ten anesthetics running three shift systems of which three of them are lactating mothers who are doing half day. Mr. Harry Kweku Tontoh, pointed out that Cape Coast Teaching Hospital requires a minimum of twenty anesthetics to manage effectively the volume of clients that access services at the facility. He is appealing to management to sponsor some staff to pursue further studies so they can come and augment the current staff strength. He also touched on limited training institutions in the country as a major contributing factor. According to him, only Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Ridge Hospital are training anesthetics whiles Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is not admitting due lack of infrastructure. He is calling on government to build infrastructure for Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to admit students.
The acting Chief Executive Officer in-charge of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Dr. Eric Kofi Ngyedu admitted that, 30% cancellation of surgical cases translating to one hundred surgical cases being called in a years is certainly not the best for the facility. Management has taking steps to initiate programs to deal with the problems identified by the research. He is happy that the facility embarked on the research which will guide management with right interventions to put in place to ensure quality health care service delivery.