Teaching Hospitals in Ghana: About, Location, and Contact Details
Teaching hospitals serve the purpose of addressing the health needs of people in society while training and teaching health professionals through learning and research. There are 5 teaching hospitals in Ghana, each located in regions where it can stretch its arms to take care of people who are living in and around that region. Teaching hospitals accept referrals from general hospitals that are unable to take on complicated medical conditions.
Why is it important to have teaching hospitals in Ghana? Apart from the fact that it helps provide good health care to people in the community, students who are willing to become medical professionals get to learn with state-of-the-art medical facilities, to become professionals that know exactly what they are doing, professionals who deserve their doctorate degrees, and the nation can get closer to fulfilling the United Nations Millenium development goals 6.
Which is to “Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. MDG 6 aims to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. HIV, malaria and other diseases have a direct and indirect impact on rural development, agricultural productivity and food, and nutrition security”. Below are the 5 teaching hospitals in Ghana, where they are located, and their contact details.
1. Korle-bu Teaching Hospital
Korle-bu teaching hospital is the oldest and the third largest hospital in Africa. It was built in 1923 to accept referrals and address health concerns. The hospital also trains medical professionals at the University of Ghana medical school. Korle-Bu is located at Accra, on the Guggisberg Ave.
030 273 9510/ 024 340 780/ 050 621 0458
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2. Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital became a teaching hospital in 1975 when the school of medical sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was established. It is located in the heart of the Ashanti region to care for their health needs while training many medical professionals from far and wide and putting them in leadership positions at the hospital.
026 083 585
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3. Ho teaching hospital
The people from the Volta region of Ghana still owe a big thank you to the Kaenvener Constructions, who built the hospital, they handed it over to the government of Ghana in the year 1998, which was commissioned by the Former President Jerry John Rawlings. The hospital accepts referrals and provides quality health to the people of the Volta Region of Ghana and its environs.
Emergency- 024 400 0111 Customer Service- 024 400 0222
4. Cape Coast Teaching Hospital
This was formerly, the Central Regional hospital, however, it became a teaching hospital when the school of medical sciences in the University of Cape Coast was established in the year 1998. They have trained some medical professionals. People in Cape Coast and its surrounding towns are referred to the teaching hospitals.
020 138 0902
5. Tamale Teaching Hospital
When the school of medical sciences at the University of Developmental Studies was established, the hospital became a teaching hospital. They were deemed the best regional hospital in 2003, for providing good health care to people in the three northern regions in Ghana. The hospital is located on Salaga, Yendi road.
There is a saying that “when you have good health, you have everything”. This is true, but the issue in Ghana is that our health sector is not doing so well, it is better than that of some African Countries but it is lagging in many ways. Building teaching hospitals and stuffing them with professionals is a good start, but what can we do to improve our health care in the country?
The ministry of health, headed by Hon. Kweku Agyeman Manu must work hand In hand with community leaders to provide quality health care by building more hospitals in rural areas and filling them with the best facilities to go with it. Many hospitals do not even hospital beds. Pregnant women who need to visit the hospitals regularly are denied that opportunity because the hospital may be far from them, and when they get there, there are no beds.
Apart from this, medical professionals, especially nurses must be paid satisfactorily and must be paid on time. Now and then, nurses are going on strike, because the government is not paying enough attention to them. You go to the hospital, and they will not even pay attention to you. The government should also provide jobs for them after they graduate.
It is also in the view of some individuals that some doctors are over-paid, they suggest that the government should use that money to provide facilities to stimulate quality health care. But is that right? Should a doctor who has been to school for more than 5 years be paid less than they should be paid?
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