By ID Norman, M Aikins, FN Binka, KM Nyarko
Ghana needs a realistic national hospital and medical emergency response program designed on the principle of equitable distribution of appropriate equipment and supplies, and well trained emergency medical personnel. This paper evaluated the basic logistical assets preparedness of 22 Ghana hospitals for emergency intervention in surge situations. The World Health Organization, (2007) Field Manual for Capacity Assessment of Health Facilities in Responding to Emergencies was used in data collection but modified to suit the national situation. The WHO recommends periodic assessment of the capacity of health facilities’ response to emergencies. For example, the evaluation of South African hospitals found skills gap in that nation’s healthcare system. National authorities have also conducted similar review of the Ghana healthcare system.