The Ghana Health Service(GHS), insists it is in no mood to back down on a decision to ban health professionals from using mobile phones when attending to patients.
A review of the performance of health personnel highlighted a high dependency on mobile phones which often distracted the flow of proper service delivery at the various health centers across Ghana. Reports say, doctors and nurses were often more enthused about engagements with their phones to the point of stealing them into operation theaters during surgery.
The GHS insists it has received numerous complaints from relatives of patients on how health professionals waste time on their phones to the detriment of patients in need of medical attention.
The wrong administration of drugs and errors in surgeries resulting in the loss of lives were factored into the decision to pen down the ban which is set to be enforced later this year.
Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare in his interaction with Accra-based radio station, Starr Fm, asserted; “the rationale behind the ban is to get the health officers to pay attention to their job when on the field. Some patients and their family members complain bitterly on how some health professionals use their phones when they visit the hospitals”, he lamented.
“We’ll put in place an intercom system through which health officials can communicate. We’ll issue a statement and most of the institutions will have the intercom systems working. In most organizations except in some banks and some corporate institutions, you’ll find most officials of the facilities on their mobile phones. In the Western World, in most of the hospitals, networks do not work well to help check some of these irregularities. Intercom systems are used. We’re considering scrambling the network system in the hospitals so health officials cannot use them while at post”, he said.