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Department of Child Health

 

About us

The Department was established in 1964 under the leadership of its first head Dr. Susan De-Graft Johnson. It is a tertiary referral centre for children under 13 years with medical and surgical problems.

CORE FUNCTIONS
Service:
Provision of specialist care for referred medical and surgical cases in children under 13 years

Teaching:
Specialists in the department teach undergraduate medical students in paediatrics/child health. The department is also a training site for paediatric post-graduates and nursing students. (see below under training)

Research:
It is a fertile ground for medical research. There is a lot of clinical data available for research in paediatric oncology, asthma, neonatology , nutrition , sickle cell disease, infectious diseases etc.
The department is also a site for collaborative research with other departments of the Hospital, Ministry of Health and the University of Ghana.

Clinical Units
The main units of the department are:

1.The Outpatient's Department, which is the first point of call for all patients referred to the department. This is also divided into the acute care outpatient department and the specialty clinics.

These specialty clinics include
-    Neurodevelopmental Clinic (Monday)
- Asthma Clinic (Tuesday)
-    Diabetes & Endocrine Clinic (Tuesday)
- Cardiac Clinic & HIV Clinic (Wednesdays)
- Sickle Cell Clinic (Thursday)
- Neonatal follow up clinic (Friday)

2. The Emergency Room is the ward where very ill children requiring intervention/admission are first stabilized before being admitted to the wards.
3. General Paediatric Wards consist of 3 medical wards (P2, P2A, & P3) and a surgical ward (P1). There is also a babies unit for infants under 6 months (except surgical cases)
4.The Children's Surgical Ward admits children requiring surgery.
5. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) located on the 3rd floor of the Maternity Block, in proximity to the labour ward, is where premature and ill, inborn term babies are admitted.


6. The Paediatric Oncology Unit (POU)
The Paediatric Oncology Unit (POU) comprises an inpatient Paediatric Oncology Ward and an outpatient Paediatric Oncology Day Care Unit. The Paediatric Oncology Ward has a bed capacity of 26 and admits 160 – 180 new childhood cancer cases annually. The Oncology Day Care Unit, has 8 beds for children coming for outpatient chemotherapy and follow up. This complements the in-patient services for children with cancer from Ghana and other countries in the sub-region. The POU also has an outreach nursing team that undertakes home visits for children receiving palliative care and to follow up children who miss treatment appointments.
The POU has 16 nurses, 2 consultants, 2 specialist Paediatricians, 3 residents and 3 house officers.  Professor Lorna Renner is the current head of the POU.

7. Child Protection Unit
This unit was opened in 2009 to facilitate management of children with suspected abuse. It provides a child-friendly room for expert assessment including access to a colposcope. Dr Eben Badoe is the current head of the unit.

SUPPORT UNITS

The Clinical Units are supported by:
1. A Child Welfare Clinic
2. A Records and Biostatistics Unit
3 A Satellite Pharmacy
4. A Satellite Laboratory
5. A Satellite Xray unit

Another support unit for the department is the Mothers’ Hostel. It was originally set up to  house mothers of children admitted to the department, but the service has now been extended to clients from other parts of the hospitals. This generates income for maintenance of the facility.

Types of cases
A variety of childhood medical and surgical emergencies and chronic diseases are referred to the department from all over Ghana especially the southern half of the country. The department also works closely with other subspecialties e.g. ophthalmology, neurosurgery, etc in the care of children admitted to other departments in Korle Bu.

STATISTICS
General out-patient attendance is on average 36,000/year. Thirty percent of these patients get admitted to the in-patient wards for further management.
NICU has an average of 2000 admissions/year.
Approximately 10,500 patients/ year are followed up at the specialty clinics.
About 500 major cases and 500 minor cases are operated upon by the paediatric surgeons.

Types of cases

A variety of childhood medical and surgical emergencies and chronic diseases are referred to the department from all over Ghana especially the southern half of the country. The department also work closely with other subspecialties e.g. ophthalmology, neurosurgery, etc in the care of children admitted to other departments in Korle Bu.

STATISTICS
General out-patient attendance is averagely 36,000/year. Thirty percent of these patients get admitted to the in-patient wards for further management.
NICU has an average of 2000 admissions/year.
Approximately 10,500 patients/ year are followed up at the specialty clinics.
An average of 500 major cases and 500 minor cases are operated upon by the paediatric surgeon.

Our staff - Human Resource

The Department is staffed by the following senior paediatricians:
Prof. Jennifer E. Welbeck
Prof. Bamenla Goka (Head)
Prof. Lorna Renner
Prof Christabel Enweronu-Laryea
Dr. Ebenezer Badoe
Dr. C. Oduro-Boatey
Dr. Victoria Adabayeri
Dr Adziri Sackey
Dr Nana Akyaa Yao
Dr Catherine Segbefia
Dr Taiba Afaa

The Sub- BMC Management team is made up of:
Prof. Bamenla Goka (Head of Department)
Ms Joyce Oppong-Ayisi (Acting Dep. Dir. Nursing Services)
Mrs. Veronica Addo Donkor (Administrator)
Mrs Obedia Seneake (Pharmacist in-charge )
Mr. Gatogo (Accountant)
Mr Nii Okai Tettey (Engineer)


Education and Training

Education and Training
The department offers clinical training to undergraduate students of University of Ghana School of Medicine and Dentistry postgraduate residents of the West African College of Physicians and Ghana College of Physicians. It also provides clinical training to students of the School of Nursing of the University of Ghana, Legon and Nursing Training Colleges in the country.
The department is a popular choice for foreign elective students and residents in paediatrics.

Equipment
The department has some equipment for basic health care delivery e.g. sphygmomanometers, suction machines, incubators and nebulizers provided by the hospital. It however does not have enough at any one time. There is the urgent need for more of other types of equipment such as pulse oximeters, flow meters for the oxygen cylinders, patient monitors, infusion pumps, oxygen concentrators, consumables for ventilators, etc.
The department occasionally receives gifts from our friends abroad for which we are grateful.


The Child Health Foundation,
This was set up in …., to receive funds from benefactors for improvement of the services provided by the department. Recent expenditures include a widescreen TV and a public address system in the OPD area, purchase of voltage stabilizers for incubators at the NICU, and funding of investigations and drug purchases for needy patients.
Donations can be made by contacting the Dept of Child Health office on 0302665406

Contact us
KBTH Admin Office:
Medical School Admin Office: 0302665406
Matron’s Office: