ST MATHIA?s hospital under investigation over baby?s death



sherry Ayitey, Health Minister

THE ST MATHIA?s Hospital?s administration at Yeji has set up a four-member committee chaired by Father Peter Dery to investigate the cause of death of a 23-month-old girl on October 20, 2013 at the hospital.

 The committee was set up following a complaint made by the father of the girl, Pastor Louis Samuel Armah.

The complainant averred that on October 20, 2013, he sent his daughter, Louisa Mavis Armah, who was seriously ill to the hospital at around 4:00am. 

He said when he got to the gate, the security man was asleep, but he managed to open the gate and entered only to be confronted by the security man who woke up after hearing the creaking noise of the gate.

According to Pastor Louis, the security man who got very furious tried to prevent him from going to the OPD, but he resisted because he could not wait for the girl to die simply because the security man did not give him the go-ahead before entering the hospital. 

He said as he was moving towards the OPD, the security man followed him to the place and reported the encounter to two nurses who were on duty.

According to the aggrieved father, the nurses refused to give the child a first aid or call a doctor to attend to her but rather picked up a quarrel with him because the security man had told them that he (Pastor Louis) threatened to report his behaviour to the hospital authorities.

Pastor Louis further averred that at 5:30 am when a medical doctor arrived, he examined the girl and directed the nurses to admit the girl on a bed but they refused.

He said after a long delay, the angry nurses finally asked him to lay the girl on a bed but by then, she was so weak and in no time she passed away in his presence. 

A random interview conducted by DAILY GUIDE indicated how the careless attitude of some nurses at the hospital had led to the untimely death of some patients. 

A former patient who spoke to DAILY GUIDE on the basis of anonymity said she had once been a victim of such carelessness and appealed to the authorities to sit up and make sure nurses at the hospital behaved well so that lives are not lost as in the case of the poor girl.

FROM Eric Bawah, Yeji

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