GHS to sanction persons in ‘no bed’ death of man, 70

Any health worker found to have acted improperly and which may have led to the death of a 70-year-old man will face sanctions, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Health Service has said.

Robert Cudjoe said the GHS held a meeting on Monday, June 11, 2018 to look into the issue and the authorities will crack the whip where necessary.

“The Ghana Health Service held a meeting and are looking at the issue and where some sort of sanctions need to be applied, they will be applied,” Mr Cudjoe told Amansan Television (ATV) yesterday.

Anthony Opoku-Acheampon, 70, passed on after he was rejected by seven different hospitals in the capital; Accra, with the simple excuse that there were no available beds.

Ishmael Opoku, a son of the late Opoku-Acheampon, said none of the hospitals they visited even administered first aid to stabilise the condition of his fainting father.

According to reports, the old man finally passed on inside the car he was being moved around.

Mr Cudjoe lamented the lack of adequate equipment at the hospitals across the country, saying that, it is undeniable.

“…but in emergency situations, we can do more,” he added.

He added that in the situation of Mr Opoku Acheampon, the staff of the hospitals they took him to could have given him some first aid and that could have stabilised him and perhaps saved his life.

Mr Cudjoe also said that the Health Service has a code for hospitals to handle emergency at all times…“ it’s a formal directive,” he stated.

He added that the meeting of the Health Service Monday had some resolutions, “one of which is the directive to hospitals to accept emergency cases without saying no bed.”

 

Story: Gottlieb BAAKO

Writer’s Email: gottlieb.baako@todaygh.com

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