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Korle Bu Hospital Management Denies Cancelling Surgeries Due to ‘Dumsor’

The management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has denied reports claiming that critical surgeries were cancelled on Monday, April 29, due to ongoing power outages at the facility.

Reports circulating in the media had suggested that patients requiring critical medical procedures were sent back to their wards because of the power outages, commonly known as ‘dumsor.’

In a statement released by the hospital’s management, they clarified that Monday’s incident was actually caused by a low current situation, which lasted approximately 45 minutes.

The statement further explained that “two cases at the Department of Surgery were returned to the ward at the end of the day due to limited space in the recovery ward and not because of power outage. The rest of the theatres spread across the hospital carried out their surgeries as scheduled.”

The hospital urged the public to be cautious in sharing unverified stories, as they can undermine public confidence and cause unnecessary fear and discomfort among patients.

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Below is the full statement.

SUBJECT: SURGERIES HAVE NOT BEEN CANCELLED IN KORLE BU

This is to correct a misleading report in sections of the media that claims that surgeries in Korle Bu were cancelled as a result of power outage on Monday, April 29, 2024 and the standby generator was not in use.

The facts therefore are as follows;

1. Work started on all elective cases in our theatres and the operations proceeded as scheduled.

2. However, we experienced low current for about 45 minutes. In the face of the low current that emanated from a problem at one of the substations of ECG, our functional standby generators came on stream and provided power for work to continue until the problem was resolved.

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3. Two cases at the Department of Surgery were returned to the ward at the end of the day on account of limited space in the recovery ward and not because of power outage. The rest of the other theatres spread across the hospital all carried out their surgeries as scheduled.

4. As a leading national referral hospital, we wish to assure our patients and the general public that we prioritize their care and will continue to work to provide excellent services to address their health needs.

5. We wish to appeal to the media to exercise great circumspection in publishing stories that are not fully verified because they undermine public confidence and create unnecessary fear and discomfort among our patients.

Thank you.

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