The family of a 30-year old woman who died together with her unborn child at the Suntreso Government Hospital in Kumasi has been advised not to commence a legal processes against the hospital.
The deceased, Angela Afriyie Agyemang, died on 4 July, 2018 after the health personnel reportedly delayed attending to her.
Angela Afriyie Agyemang (Deceased)
The widower, Pastor Solomon Lamor-Latiff Agyemang, told journalists that he took his wife to the hospital on Tuesday, 3 July 2018 when she was in labour but could not deliver on the same day.
“She was delayed…For about two and half hours all they [nurses] were telling me they are cleaning a bed. They said they had only one bed,” he added.
This was after the health workers demanded from him an amount if 500 cedis as a fee for what they described as ‘Doctor motivation’ before her wife could be taken to the theatre for a caesarian section.
Angela lost his wife moments after his husband agreed to pay the money.
XYZ News’ Ashanti Regional correspondent, Jonathan Ofori reported the Kumasi-based pastor was contemplating a legal action against authorities of the facility for medical negligence.
But the Ashanti regional Director of Health, Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, who met officials over the matter, called for calm adding, the family of the deceased could test the law only if they are not satisfied with their investigations.
“I don’t think that [legal action] is the solution,” Dr Tenkorang said. “One thing is that,most of these issues are very technical and the lawyers are not doctors so sometimes you need to understand the circumstances.”
He announced that a seven member committee headed by the Deputy Regional Director of Health has been constituted to look into the unfortunate death.
“They have the rights as far as the legal issues are concerned, but they also have to corporate with us so that while we have taking the lead with investigations based on the findings if they are not happy, they can resort to a legal action. I believe that is the better option..There is always the need to work together,” he told Jonathan.
To Dr Tenkorang, the committee will investigate the matter and come out with how similar challenges can be addressed.
Story by: Henryson Okrah/myxyzonline.com/Ghana