GHS Forms Committee to Investigate Incident of Abandoned Patient


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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has created a five-member committee to investigate an incident where staff from the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital allegedly left a patient in the bush at Gomoa Ojobi.


The officials reportedly abandoned the patient because they could not find the patient’s relatives. After public outrage, the GHS decided to look into the matter.

On June 14, 2024, in a letter to the Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye, the Director-General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye, announced the formation of the committee.

Dr. Kumah-Aboagye mentioned that an emergency meeting was held on June 14, 2024, with the hospital’s Medical Director, who confirmed the incident but noted that the details differed from what was reported in the media.


Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye
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To ensure a fair investigation, the Medical Director has been temporarily relieved of his duties. Dr. Kumah-Aboagye did not reveal the Medical Director’s name.

Dr. Okoe-Boye instructed the GHS to complete the investigation within 30 days and provide a report.

He expressed his approval of the decision to suspend the Medical Director during the investigation and emphasized the importance of concluding the process within 30 days to maintain the healthcare system’s integrity.

Dr. Kumah-Aboagye promised that proper actions would be taken after the inquiry to hold those responsible accountable.


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