In the Children's Block of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana's capital, Accra, the dedicated staff struggle to do their best for their young patients. It's a tough and stressful job. They face a lack of equipment, staff shortages, and patients who are often unable to pay for medical care. Ghana's current health system requires that all medical bills must be paid before the patient leaves the hospital; hospitals actually employ security guards to make sure no one leaves without paying their bills. But now the Ghanaian government is introducing a health insurance scheme, to make health care more affordable for all the country's citizens. Joy FM's Akwasi Sarpong speaks with Korle-Bu's staff and patients about the challenges facing them and the future prospects for change. This program is part of our special international collaboration, Global Perspectives: Check-up on World Health.
Korle-Bu Hospital was produced by radio station Joy-FM in Accra, Ghana, with reporter Akwasi Sarpong (Ah-Kwah-See-Sahr-pong). It originally aired as part of the international collaboration Global Perspectives: Checkup on World Health.
Ghana's Joy FM radio station is the home of Akwasi Sarpong, the narrator and producer of this program.
View photos of Korle-Bu and find other links to pages about Ghana's government, economy, and other news.
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