A man whose wife died after she was given a wrong prescription for a diagnosed illness is calling for a probe into his wife’s death. He is also calling for necessary sanctions to be meted out to anyone who played a role that led to his wife losing her life.
Dr Emmanuel Kobena Kuto, Director of the Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL) said health workers at the hospital treat patients as though they are figures and statistics instead of as human beings.
Dr. Kobena Kuto’s story comes at a time when the hospital is already facing a GHS 5m suit by one Mohammed Mustapha who also alleges that the hospital caused the death of his wife and baby through negligence, adding to the hospital’s seemingly sinking reputation.
Speaking on Starr FM on Friday, the GIL director said he hopes getting accountability will help break the cycle of ‘impunity’ by Ridge and other hospitals in the country.
“I send my wife to a hospital on sunday evening, she was hale and hearty, she was diagnosed with hernia and she was going for a surgery. From what the Dr himself was saying, there was a case of wrong prescription and so she died.
Nobody has contacted me. I really would love for them to have contacted but they have not responded yet. It’s early days yet.
“What I want done is for Ridge hospital to be accountable to people, to be more conscious and to be more human and treat people like human beings, not like figures and statistics. They treat people as if people are objects but we’re talking about human lives, so I want Ridge and all the hospitals in Ghana to break this cycle of impunity which is sending so many mothers and fathers to the grave prematurely. I won’t mind if Ridge hospital issues an apology, say something about it, their side of the story.”
He noted however that he does not believe in any internal investigation by the hospital which he believes will amount to nothing.
“It’s something we’ve seen again and again which never ends anywhere. And in this investigation are they going to investigate themselves? Yes. Are they going to be fair and impartial? I can my last penny that it will be no. So i’m not even interested in their investigation. I am nursing my trauma and in this country we know that people investigate themselves.”