Korle Bu surgical clinics closed We will not micro-manage Korle Bu - Health Ministry

Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia made this known after a tour of the hospital following the closure of the three surgical clinics at the hospital.

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Gilbert Buckle (L) and Alex Segbefia (R) play

Gilbert Buckle (L) and Alex Segbefia (R)

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The Ministry of Health has said it will not interfere in activities of the Korle Bu Teaching hospital.

Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia made this known after a tour of the hospital following the closure of the three surgical clinics at the hospital.

Korle Bu Teaching Hospital released a statement over the weekend saying it has suspended operations at the three clinics under the Department of Surgery, which are the Urology Clinic, General Surgery Clinic and Neurosurgery Clinic.

Chief Executive Officer, Gilbert Buckle explained that the three clinics have been closed for almost two years due to human error in procuring some consumables for the facilities.

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He was however hopeful that the three would be reopened in March.

Some lives have been lost in the process, with many Ghanaians asking for the health ministry to intervene.

But, the Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia has explained that matters such as these should be left with the hospital authorities and its Board to manage.

"When issues of this nature come, I ask the questions. But I'm not going to encourage that the ministry micro-manages any health institution. If we do that, we immediately destroy the process and the system. We should ask the questions and ensure that those that are responsible for management manage," the minister said.

The minister, who expressed shock as to why the public is getting to know about the closure of the clinics after two years said it behoves communicators of various hospitals to make information of such degree available as early as possible.

"When issues of this nature occur, it is important that the public relations and communications department of Korle Bu must speak up very quickly. Because most of these issues are specific to the institutions, and much as we may like to talk to the minister directly, I think that when u go to specifics as in policies, you may want to deal with those who are responsible," he added.

Mr. Segbefia further expressed condolence to the general public who may have lost their relatives and friends in the process.

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