Unavailability of Bed and Oxygen AT HOSPITAL causes assembly member untimely demise – KOFI ARMAH BUAH


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Needless Death of Hon Rockson, Assembly man for Ekokonu( Ellembele) who was involved in a motor accident

The bizarre circumstances surrounding the demise of Honourable Rockson Assembly man for Ekokonu (Ellembele) in the Western Region who was involved in a motor accident has prompted the legislator of that constituency, Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah to write this.

“He was stabilized at Eikwe Catholic hospital in the Ellembele District. Doctors at Eikwe hospital strongly recommended he be moved to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital or a hospital in Kumasi or Cape Coast with the facilities to deal with head injury”.

Korle-Bu Accident and Emergency line was called several times with no answer. Cape Coast Teaching hospital advised that the patient be transferred to Korle-Bu because Oxygen was not available for the patient.

For four hours it was about working the phones and finding out a BIG Man to help secure a bed to save a life. Guess what?  We finally got a Doctor to help in Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital – but this was four long hours later.

Well, Hon Rockson died at Cape Coast hospital before he could reach Kumasi. But the chilling words of Dr Cooper of Eikwe hospital are what is eating me up.  When I asked Dr Cooper how often he deals with situations like this?

 This was his answer. “We deal with no bed , no oxygen every day and people who must live just die needlessly“

These are the heart wrenching issues that must engage all of us as leaders and Ghanaians.