A 50-year-old woman has died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital after reportedly being denied admission due to the unavailability of hospital beds.
The incident is reported to have happened on Monday when the victim was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Family of the deceased have accused hospital staff of being responsible for the death of their relative and therefore want an investigation conducted into the matter.
According to them, the staff on duty who had no name tags were reluctant to attend to the deceased, Sheila Mansa Fugar, who was battling for her life in an ambulance.
Nephew to the deceased, Ebenezer Carboo-Hartog told Accra-based Citi FM that his Auntie was rushed to Korle-Bu after her conditioned failed to improve despite earlier being admitted at a private facility.
“The doctor suggested that we take her to a bigger facility when she was stable because she was aggressive and she was restless,” he said.
Explaining further, he said: “The reception was very bad in the sense that the staff over there told us plainly there was no bed… when we got to the emergency unit, and we asked for us to be given some care, the person said there was no bed and turned us away.
“The staff instructed a lady subordinate to try and attend to us; she didn’t respond, she was reluctant. In fact, they both didn’t care.”
Ebenezer said they drove their relative to another private facility but the victim could still not be stabilised after the oxygen she was put on run out.
The victim was subsequently pronounced dead at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital at Ridge at 4:30 am on Monday.
The family has called for an investigation into the matter and are demanding sanctions for staff who denied her care.
Early in June, a 70-year-old man, Anthony Opoku-Acheampong, died after seven hospitals in Accra turned him away over claims that there were no beds.
The incident led to the Ghana Health Service directing all hospitals to treat emergency cases irrespective of whether there are no beds.
However, the latest case indicates that the “no bed syndrome” is still very much prevalent in hospitals.
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