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Agona Swedru Government Hospital debunks allegation of causing patient’s death

Dr Julius Abuku, the Medical Superintendent of the Agona Swedru Municipal Government Hospital, has denied knowledge of allegations by some people that the hospital caused the death of a 54-year-old woman.

Dr Abuku said the hospital did no wrong to direct security personnel and nurses to turn away patients who were brought in for admission since fumigation had been done in all rooms of the facility at the time.

In a media interview to debunk the allegation, Dr Abuku said the hospital management gave a week-long public notice for its planned fumigation exercise and all standardised existing protocols were dully observed by extending letters to nearby hospitals in the Municipality about the work.

The Medical Superintendent explained that one Mr Nawarf Awudu on Saturday, March 9, sent his sick mother to the Hospital and allegedly accused the authorities of refusing to admit her because of the fumigation.

The man was said to have rushed his mother to the Swedru Alhmadiyya Hospital afterwards, but she died on a
dmission there, unfortunately.

Dr Abuku said the management had been carrying out fumigation exercises occasionally as in any government hospital per the mission and vision of the facility.

It would be unwise on health grounds to admit patients when rooms were fumigated because it could be hazardous for the patients, he said, adding that even those already on admission were all discharged for their safety.

He said it was unfortunate that the facility where the woman was sent to could not stabilise her even though she was admitted on time.

Dr Abuku entreated the public, especially people living in and around Agona Swedru, to exercise restraint with the Hospital’s management since they were there to save lives and must do all in its power to ensure that mandate was carried throughs.

The Medical Superintendent expressed his sympathy to the bereaved family for the loss of their relative due to circumstances beyond the control of the hospital.

Source: Ghana News Agency