Authorities of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital have detained a mother and her new born child over a week over non-payment of their medical bill.
According to a Joy News report, the hospital authorities refused to let 28-year-old, Edna Fiamordzi, a petty trader together with her infant, go home until their bill of GHc 4,645.70 was paid in full.
After spending 27 days, she had accrued GHc 4,645.70 out of which her 31-year-old taxi driver husband, Philip Aheteku managed to raise GHc 1,000 leaving them with a GHc 3,645.70 balance to settle..
All efforts to raise the remaining amount proved futile leading to nursing mote and new-born child being detained by the facility.
Edna was admitted to the Ridge Hospital on May 14, where she was delivered of her baby through a caesarian section.
According to private legal practitioner, Francis-Xavier Sosu, they slept in a plastic chair and on the floor of the ward.
They were, however, discharged Thursday, June 13, 2019, following a receipt of a petition from Lawyer Sosu, which demanded the release of the patient and her infant within 24 hours.
The Human Rights activist said the detention and the treatment meted out to the poor mother and child, as “a violation of their rights to personal dignity, special care and protection.”
A letter was also sent to the Ministers of Health, Gender, Children and Social Protection as well as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), for their intervention.
The hospital authorities agreed to release the patient and her new-born after they reached an agreement with the couple to settle the remaining GHc3,645.70 in installments.
The location of the couple was taken as well as their next of kin, to enable the hospital to follow up on the balance.
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