The family of Nana Amoako Attah, a 62-year-old Ghanaian businessman who is now deceased have accused Korle-bu, Lapaz Community Hospital, 37 Military Hospital and the Police Hospital all in Accra for the death of their relative.
The UK based Amoako Attah is alleged to have been turned away by the 37, Police and Korle Bu hospitals when he was rushed there from Lapaz Community Hospital.
His condition was said to be critical when the Lapaz community hospital allegedly discharged him, asking his family to send him to the 37 military hospital.
The military hospital turned the patient away claiming they had no empty bed available. The patient was then referred to the police hospital who refused to admit him and turned them away telling the same ‘no bed’ tale.
“We went there [Lapaz Community Hospital] and I saw my brother’s condition was very bad but the doctor had left saying that he had discharged him. So we asked the nurses that what do we do now? And they said the doctor says he should go to 37 Hospital … and he was in bad condition, but according to the nurse my brother needed blood and operation or something of that sort,” his sister, Adwoa Abramsamadu told Starr News.
Nana Amoako Attah was sent back to the 37 military hospital where he eventually died on the floor.
Meanwhile, the management of these hospitals have all claimed that there were no beds at the time when the deceased was referred in.
Alex Segbefia, the health minister and his deputy Victor Bampoh have since met the family of the deceased concerning the incident and have asked investigations to be conducted into the actions of the 37, Police and Korle Bu hospitals.
The health ministry also asked all health facilities not to turn any patient away under a ‘no bed’ excuse.