Management of Suntreso Government Hospital in Kumasi has attributed the death of a 30-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn baby to inadequate theatre beds at the hospital.
It was reported that a 30-year-old pregnant woman died at the Suntreso Government Hospital in Kumasi on Wednesday, 4 July 2018 after the health facility refused her entry into the labour ward because her husband could not immediately pay a GHS500 ‘Doctor Motivation Fee’.
Angela Afriyie Agyemang later died at the theatre just as her husband had made available the GHS500 fee for which she had been denied medical attention.
The medical superintendent of the Suntreso government hospital Dr Agyarko Poku speaking in an interview with AbusuaFm’s Osei Kwadwo debunked the allegation made by the deceased’s husband Pastor Solomon LamoLattiff that doctors at Suntreso Hospital government hospital told him to pay Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHS500) as doctors motivation fee.
According to Dr. Agyarko Poku, the deceased Angela Afriyie Agyemang was not denied entry to the labour ward because her husband couldn’t afford to pay Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHS500).
“I can confirm that 30-year-old pregnant woman died with her unborn baby on the July 4, 2018 but it is not true that the deceased was denied entry into the labour ward because of Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHS500) We don’t have anything like doctor motivation fee as far as health service is concern at Suntreso government hospital. The woman and her unborn baby died due to inadequate of theatre beds”. he said.
He added that Suntreso Hospital has only one theatre bed which was then occupied by an operation patient.
Dr Agyarko Poku added that the deceased and her unborn baby die when she was send to theatre room for treatment after she waited for some time due to inadequate of theatre beds.
Meanwhile the Ghana Health Service has begun an investigation into the matter.
A source told Osei Kwadwo that Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in the Ashanti Region would have a meeting with the management at Suntreso Government Hospital today.