Health Ministry to sanction persons implicated in death of 70-year-old man

Health Ministry to sanction persons implicated in death of 70-year-old man

| Updated Jun 12, 2018 at 3:03pm



Some medical superintendents have been invited to answer questions by the Ghana Health Service as to how a 70-year-old man was turned away at several hospitals for lack of beds, which led to his death.

Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health, Robert Cudjoe said the Ministry through the Ghana Health Service, has directed all hospitals not to turn away a patient in critical conditions without first aid.

Speaking to Radio Ghana’s Felix Cofie, Mr. Cudjoe said government is in the process of procuring some beds for the various public hospitals. He said the unfortunate incident should be an eye opener for all.

Mr. Cudjoe said it is unfortunate that as a country we do not punish enough, people who flout the law with impunity.

He said this time round, after the investigations, appropriate sanctions will be applied.

The Coalition of NGO’s in Health has called on the President to crack the whip on the health authorities for the needless death of a 70-year-old man who died as a result of the hospitals he visited not having beds to admit him.

Chairman of the Coalition, Dr. Gabriel Bennarku, said the Ministry of Health should be held responsible because it has failed in its supervisory role.

Speaking to Felix Cofie, Dr. Bennarku said it beats one’s imagination that all the seven health facilities could not get a single bed for the sick man.

Dr. Bennarku said it is unfortunate that after 61-years of independence people are dying as a result of leadership failure.

He said health facilities are deteriorating and the earlier the leadership sits up, the better.




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