Nurses at the Aflao hospital refuse to accept mobile money, leaving a woman to die

Nurses at the Aflao hospital refuse to accept mobile money, leaving a woman to die

  • A 39-year-old woman living in Aflao in the Volta region lost her life when she went to the hospital to be attended to
  • Linda Adua offered to pay for her treatment via Mobile Money, but the nurses on duty refused to accept such a mode of payment
  • They, therefore, did not attend to her since she could not pay the charges via any other means at the time.

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A woman in a severe condition was refused treatment unless money was placed, which resulted in her death. As a result, the Central Aflao Hospital in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region and two of its nurses are under investigation for alleged medical malpractice.

The 39-year-old Linda Adua's family has since petitioned the President, the Minister of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and the Medical and Dental Council to secure justice.

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According to the patient's family, the nurses refused to accept mobile money payment for the treatment of the ailing woman and her 19-year-old son, leaving the patient neglected until she passed away.

Linda Adua and hospital
A collage of Linda Adua and Central Aflao Hospital Photo credit: Daily Graphic
Source: UGC

In response to the petition, the Medical and Dental Council and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) acted quickly to send a team of investigators to the hospital to look into the situation.

A team from the GHS was in the hospital to look into the situation, Dr. Gabrielle Kojo, the medical director of the Aflao Central Hospital, popularly known as Nkansah Hospital, confirmed to the Daily Graphic.

Elder sister of Linda narrates the incident

The elder sister of the deceased, Abigail Adua, told the Daily Graphic that the hospital instructed the son to transfer Linda to a government facility where she was proclaimed dead upon arrival at a period when she appeared to have died.

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She claimed that Linda's son Jerry Nii Tetteh, who had recently been admitted to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to complete a degree program, was left alone and traumatized because his dependable support system and buddy had vanished. According to Abigail, Linda asked her son to accompany her to the hospital on April 11 of this year since she wasn't feeling well.

They got to the hospital around 4:05 am, and the nurses requested that they pay a deposit of GH¢400. Linda offered to pay via MoMo since no vendor was working for her to withdraw the money. But the nurses refused to accept the payment.

Linda's son walked from the hospital to Avoeme Junction before getting a motorbike to take him to the Aflao Border, about two kilometres from the hospital, searching for a mobile money merchant. All this while his mother was not attended to. He did not find a merchant and had to return.

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When he returned to the hospital, Linda asked her son to help her up, but she fell, prompting the nurses to ask them to go to another hospital. When Jerry came with a taxi, the nurses had wheeled his mother's body on a stretcher to the entrance. They helped put Linda in the taxi.

Jerry took his mother to the Ketu South Municipal Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. They said she had died some minutes before arriving at the facility.

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