A 70 year oldman dies after 7 hospitals refused to admit him for lack of beds. Prince Anthony Opoku Acheampoong passed out in his car after he arrived at the LEKMA hospital located in Accra.
Following this, the Public Relations Officer of the Health Ministry, Mr. Robert Cudjoe said that, a meeting was held on June 11 to look into the issue and was concluded that any health worker who acted improperly leading to the death of Mr. Opoku Acheampong will face sanctions.
Mr. Cudjoe revealed this when he was speaking to a media this morning. He stated “the Ghana Health Service held a meeting and are looking into the issues and where some sanctions need to be applied, they will be applied “.
The Ghana Health Service Public Relations Officer added that under no circumstance should a hospital reject an emergency condition in an excuse of ‘no bed’. “But in emergency situations, we can do more”.
He said, in the situation of Mr. Opoku, the staff of the hospitals they took him to could have given him some first aid and that could have sustained him and perhaps save his life. It is a directive for hospitals to handle emergency at all times he stated.
Adding to what Mr. Cudjoe said, the Member of Parlaiment for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Agyarko argued that, it about time the authorities started holding health facilities for the purpose of their existence. “Indeed we must even begin to ask that at the time the deceased went there was there a doctor present, and if there was no doctor, why should the place be opened. Even with pharmacies, the law says if a pharmacy is opened there must be a pharmacist”. He stated.
STORY BY: Patience Obosu/pinkfmonlinegh.com