Minister of Health Sets 30-Day Deadline for Ghana Health Service to Submit Report on Abandoned Patient in Bush


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The Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye, has responded swiftly to the troubling incident involving the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital.


Following an update from Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Okoe-Boye instructed GHS to thoroughly investigate reports that a patient was abandoned in a bush near Gomoa Ojobi.

In his correspondence, Dr. Kumah-Aboagye informed the Minister about steps taken, including relieving the Medical Director of his duties and forming a committee to investigate the incident independently.

Dr. Okoe-Boye commended these actions, emphasizing the need for a thorough inquiry to uncover all facts and prevent similar incidents in the future.


Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye
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Expressing the Ministry’s stance, Dr. Okoe-Boye outlined that the investigation should conclude within 30 days from the committee’s formation, with a comprehensive report to be submitted promptly.

The incident, where hospital officials allegedly left a patient in the bush due to challenges in locating family members, sparked public outcry and led to decisive administrative actions by the Ghana Health Service.

With the Medical Director temporarily stepping aside pending investigation by a dedicated committee, efforts are underway to safeguard the integrity of Ghana’s healthcare system.

Dr. Okoe-Boye concluded by thanking the Ghana Health Service for their diligence in addressing the issue, underscoring the Ministry’s commitment to upholding high standards of care across the country.


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