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Theft makes head surgeries difficult in Tamale


2013-06-25 22:58:49
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Tamale Hospital
Surgery at the Neurosurgery Unit of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) has slowed down following a resort to the use of manual instruments in carrying out head surgery.

The recourse to the use of the giggle saw (manual), follows the theft of the craniotomy electrical instruments used in opening up the skull for brain surgery from the unit about seven weeks ago.


And since the craniotomy set is yet to be found, “we now use the manual instrument which is not only laborious but also prolongs the process,” Dr Abass Adam, the consultant neurosurgeon at the TTH explained to the Daily Graphic in an interview in Tamale.

Depending on the kind of surgery, Dr Abass said, averagely, it would take about an additional one hour 30 minutes, to carry out a surgery with the manual instruments, thus reducing the number of operations.

He has, therefore, appealed to the general public and persons who might be in possession of the craniotomy set “to kindly return it to us to facilitate our work of saving lives.”

Even though the theft has been reported to the police, no arrest has been made.

The unit, which was established in 2009, is the only neurosurgery referral centre of its kind in the three northern regions. It also caters for patients from other parts of the country and the Sahelian regions.

The theft came to the attention of the hospital when Dr Abass was in the process of carrying out surgery at the unit about seven weeks ago. When the set containing the instrument was opened, the craniotomy set was nowhere to be found.

At the 2012 annual performance review meeting of the hospital in Tamale last month, the Chief Executive Officer of the TTH, Dr Ken Sagoe, expressed concern over the high rate at which consumables and other equipment of the hospital were being pilfered.

He said some of the stolen items were later sold back to the hospital by some of the staff as their own.

Dr Sagoe indicated that “the sale of items such as gloves, plaster and gauze is on the increase and it affects the hospital's finances and operations."

source: ghanaweb.com

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