Pastor Solomon Lamour Latif, who lost his wife and unborn baby at the Suntreso Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region, has threatened to sue the hospital for possible negligence.
He blamed the death of his 30-year-old wife, Angela Afriyie Agyemang, and his unborn baby on negligence on the part of health workers who were on duty when she went into labour.
Narrating his sad experience to the media, Pastor Latif of the House of Faith Ministry in Kumasi, who was expecting his first child after one-and-a-half years of marriage, blamed health workers on duty at the Suntreso Government Hospital for leaving his pregnant wife who was in deep pain to her fate to die.
“We realised the pain was getting worse. I went to them again, and said, Madam, I do not know what kind of cleaning you are doing… look at the pain that my wife is going through, but one woman told me that the earlier patient they attended to before my wife was brought in was even more severe than my case so I should stop what I am doing.”
He continued: “she told me that I should even leave the place. I went straight to the doctor and said; doctor, you told me this case is an emergency. Long after that, he entered the theatre and immediately he entered the theatre, they took my wife inside and long after she was taken inside they came and called me and I was marched into the theatre only to realise that my wife was gone.”
He alleged that before his wife’s death the doctor on duty whose name was only given as Dr Sarpong demanded a GHC500-motivation fee for the cesarean session.
“He asked for motivation fee. I asked how much they take and he told me they take GHC500. Initially, I was bargaining with him, but I realised there was no sense in bargaining with him. I only want the life of my wife and that of the baby so he should go ahead and do it when he is done everything will be given to him and the truth of the matter is he did not ask for the money before doing the cesarean session.
Pastor Lamour Latif, who said he was disappointed in the country’s health system told reporters that he would take on the hospital over the death of his wife and baby.
“For now, I am worried to be doing these things, but after we are done with everything, I will make sure I take legal action against them,” he added.
Management of the hospital earlier also told journalists that the matter had been referred to the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate.
A similar incident occurred after a couple lost their twin babies at the Tema General Hospital in 2010, as a result of alleged medical negligence.
Story: From James APPIAKORAN JNR, KUMASI, ASHANTI REGION