The Ministry of Health has faulted health officials at the seven Hospitals who turned away a 70-year-old man in critical condition because there were no beds.
Anthony Opoku Acheampong, the CEO of the Printhony Printing Press in Adabraka, a suburb of Accra died in his car at the LEKMA Hospital after he was turned away from the Adabraka branch of C&J Hospital, Korle Bu Polyclinic, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the Ridge hospital.
The other hospitals he was turned away from include the Police Hospital, the Trust Hospital and finally the LEKMA hospital.
The seven Hospitals according to the Ministry of Health are responsible for the death of Mr. Opoku Anthony.
“At least, he should be taken care for the initial stage and the if the Hospital cannot handle the case he’s referred to a higher facility…in this man’s case he wasn’t even given a first aid and if there’s anything like protocol that was broken,” the PRO of the Health Ministry Robert Cudjoe told Starr News.
“Now it’s like nobody cares and they are all doing what they want without compassion,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Health Committee of Parliament Dr. Twum Nuamah has given the assurance that all health professionals who would be found guilty of ethical misconduct in the death of the 70-year-old man will be punished.
According to him, the kind of punishment that will be meted out to the offenders will serve as a deterrent to others in future.
“We must pay attention to our health facilities as well, so we can give the best of medical attention to our patients.
“We must deal with personnel who do not conduct themselves well. Those who have to be punished will be punished to serve as deterrence for others after investigations have taken place,” he told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Monday.
The Ghana Health Service has also noted the matter is being investigated and the findings will be implemented.
“When a health official is caught in medical negligence, investigations are conducted and the necessary sanctions are applied,” director general of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Nsiah Asare said.