Widower rejects GHC 10K compensation from Ghana Health Service for medical negligence

Widower rejects GHC 10K compensation from Ghana Health Service for medical negligence

- Mr Otu, a driver by profession described the circumstance surrounding his wife's as “medical malpractice”

- He is praying the court to order a compensation to the tune of GH¢5 million in his favour

A 42-year-old widower, Bernard Otu, has rejected a compensation offer of GH¢10,000 from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) after an alleged 'medical negligence' led to the death of his wife and unborn child.

The plaintiff has dragged the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the Ministry of Health (MoH), Attorney-General’s Department (AG) and the Madina Kekele Polyclinic to court and is demanding a GH¢5 million compensation for the death of his expectant wife and unborn baby.

Widower rejects GHC 10K compensation from Ghana Health Service for medical negligence

Mr Otu(right), the widower, with his four children. Photo Credit: Graphiconline.com

On Thursday, June 17, 2015, the plaintiff's pregnant wife, Cynthia Nuworsu reported at the Madina Kekele Polyclinic for delivery. However, she died together with her unborn baby girl the day after following a "ruptured uterus", as revealed by an autopsy report.

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Her husband, the plaintiff, has subsequently engaged the medical facility as well as the aforementioned state institutions in a legal tussle, having described his wife's death as "preventable".

Mr Otu went on to file a suit praying the court to order a compensation to the tune of GH¢5 million in his favour, as well as requesting that the medical facility takes the blame for the death of his wife.

The Mirror reports that the defendants - in this case, the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the Ministry of Health (MoH), Attorney-General’s Department (AG) and the Madina Kekele Polyclinic - had initially preferred an out of court settlement which the plaintiff agreed to.

An offer of GH¢10,000 was, therefore, put forward by the defendants, but was rejected outrightly after the plaintiff deemed it to have fallen way short of his demand.

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The Mirror further reports that the defendants have failed to show up in court twice - on June 16 and July 11, 2017 - since the case was filed on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

The court which will be presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei Addo will sit again on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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