Committee that investigated death at hospital presents report

Wa, (UWR)- The committee instituted by the Upper West Regional Minister to investigate circumstances that led to the death of a two-year-old boy at the Upper West Regional Hospital has presented its report on Friday.

The 112-page document, which contained the findings recommended among other things for the improvement of health service delivery, negligence on the part of health personnel that led to the death of the boy must be sanctioned.

Dr Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister noted that he would issue a white paper within a week and gave the assurance that recommendations contained in the report would be implemented to bring sanity into the health sector.

The Regional Minister commended the committee for the work and that their recommendations if properly implemented would go a long way to strengthen the health system in the region and the country at large.

Dr Bin Salih constituted the five-member committee on November 12, 2019, chaired by Mr Alhaji Issaka Hassan, a retired nurse, to investigate alleged negligence on the part of health personnel at the Upper West Regional Hospital, which led to the death of a two-year-old boy.

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, a two-year-old boy from Boli in the Upper West Region sustained a snake bite and was rushed to the emergency unit of the Upper West Regional Hospital.

The victim was allegedly denied medical treatment due to the closure of the folder room at the time he got to the facility, which led to his untimely death.

Dr Bin Salih explained that in as much as the health sector in the region was bedeviled with many challenges, the negative attitudes of some service providers also affected quality service delivery.

He said he would liaise with the appropriate institutions and stakeholders to help change those negative attitudes.

Talking on the operation of the new Upper West Regional Hospital, Dr Bin Salih explained that training of staff posted to the facility had completed and was awaiting its accreditation by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).

The Regional Minister added that the old Regional Hospital was downgraded to a Municipal Hospital to pave way for the accreditation of the new facility as a regional hospital.

He said he held discussions with the Director General of the Ghana Health Service to facilitate processes towards securing the needed logistics including; vehicles and ambulance and the seed capital for the facility to be operational.

He hoped that the new Regional Hospital would be operational before January 2020.

Dr Bin Salih urged the media to be ambassadors for the Upper West Region and to portray a positive image of the region to the outside world to attract the needed investors.

Source: Ghana News Agency