- A nine-week-old baby boy has died at the St Gregory Hospital at Kasoa in the Central Region because his parents could not afford the cost of an oxygen
- Little Prosper had been on admission at the hospital since 5 March due to difficulty in breathing, until his death three weeks later
The story of the nine-week-old baby boy who died because a medical doctor on duty pulled the plug from the oxygen machine because parents could not pay GHS 533 has gone viral and Ghanaians are disgusted by the action of the doctor.
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But latest information available to YEN.com.gh suggests that the father of the baby, who died at the St. Gregory Hospital in Kasoa rushed to the hospital with that money just hours after the little patient died after a doctor had ordered that his oxygen supply be cut.
According Class FM, the baby was on admission at the hospital from March 5, 2018 due to a difficulty in breathing.
Narrating the story to Class FM, mother of the deceased, Sefakor, said the doctor had asked her if her husband, Kennedy Kwao, was making efforts to pay the bill.
She opined that on the day of the unfortunate incident the doctor came and enquired from her if she had heard from Prosper’s father, Kennedy Kwao, concerning the money for the bill.
“I [said] I didn't hear, then he removed the oxygen,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said it is wrong for a health official to cut oxygen supply to a patient over bills if the patient has a chance of surviving.
Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare in an interview with Joy FM said:
“… If you believe that the person will survive and you take off the oxygen mask because the child’s father or mother could not afford to pay, then it is unacceptable.”
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