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Ghana Health Service Establishes 5-Member Committee to Investigate Abandoned Patient Incident in Bush

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has launched an investigation into a troubling incident where officials allegedly abandoned a patient in the bush near Gomoa Ojobi.

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The decision to probe this incident comes after widespread public outcry. Reports suggest that the patient was left behind because hospital officials could not locate any family members.

In response to these serious allegations, Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye, the Director-General of GHS, has taken swift action.

He informed the Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye, in a letter dated June 14, 2024, that a special committee comprising five members has been established to conduct an independent inquiry.

Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye
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During an emergency meeting held at the GHS Headquarters, it was confirmed that the incident, as reported by various media outlets, did indeed occur.

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However, details surrounding the events may differ from initial reports. As a precautionary measure, the Medical Director of the hospital involved has been temporarily relieved of duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

The committee tasked with this inquiry includes senior officials from the GHS, a consultant orthopedic surgeon from Ridge Hospital, a representative from the Ministry of Health, a representative from the Social Welfare Department, and a senior nurse manager.

Their mandate is to thoroughly investigate the matter and ensure accountability.

Dr. Kumah-Aboagye assured the Minister that appropriate actions will be taken based on the findings of the investigation to ensure that anyone found responsible for this unfortunate incident faces appropriate consequences.





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