Ablakwa Calls for Probe into Alleged Dumping of Patient in the Bush: this is the height of inhumanity


Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency, has called for urgent action to address reports alleging that a patient was abandoned in a bush, leading to her death, near Gomoa Ojobi in the Central Region.

According to Ablakwa, the incident represents “the height of inhumanity” and warrants parliamentary intervention. He emphasized the need to summon the board and management of the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital, along with the Ministry of Health, to provide explanations.

Reports surfaced that a woman, with both legs in plaster of Paris (P.O.P), was left in a bush with her wheelchair nearby, allegedly abandoned by an ambulance from the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital, as reported by Myjoyonline on Wednesday, June 12.

Speaking in Parliament on Friday, June 14, Ablakwa condemned the act, stating, “It has been reported that doctors and nurses at the Winneba Government just threw out a patient who had an accident because they couldn’t locate her family. They just took her in an ambulance and went and dumped her in the bush and she died after three days.”

He called for the summoning of key stakeholders, including the Health Minister, Ghana Health Service, and hospital management, to address the grave issue.

In response to the incident, Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin indicated that he had already requested a comprehensive report from the hospital.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has launched investigations into the matter to verify the authenticity of the claims. Director-General Patrick Kuma-Aboagye affirmed that steps were being taken “to enable [the GHS] to take appropriate action(s).”

Majority Leader Afenyo-Markin emphasized the importance of allowing the GHS to complete its investigation before parliamentary actions are decided.

In concluding the session, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin expressed concern over the recurrence of such distressing incidents and urged the GHS to expedite its investigation to ensure accountability and prevent future occurrences.

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