Abandoned Elderly Woman’s Death has Plagues the People of Gomoa – Ojobi with Guilt

by Louisa Afful
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Gomoa-Ojobi, Central Region 

 Ten days after her death, the village of Gomoa-Ojobi remains engulfed in sorrow. An elderly woman, abandoned and neglected, succumbed to her suffering, leaving a deep impact on the local community.

The elderly woman, with deteriorating legs, was found abandoned in a desolate area between the Gomoa Ojobi Presbyterian Church and the Perez Chapel. Despite the residents’ efforts, her cries of pain were heard day and night until she died on June 10, 2024.

Residents still feel the weight of her memory. Her belongings, including a cover cloth and a plastic sheet that served as her bed, remain at the site, a poignant reminder of the tragedy. Many villagers believe they could have done more to save her.

The tragedy began with a road accident in Gomoa-Ojobi. The elderly woman, suspected to be suffering from a mental illness, was one of the victims. She was taken to the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital, where she stayed for two months. Unlike the other victims, no family came to visit or take her home.

Despite the hospital staff’s efforts to locate her family, she remained alone, lost in the system. When she was discharged, she was allegedly taken to the outskirts of Ojobi and abandoned on a bush road.

Eyewitnesses recounted the harrowing week that followed. Eric Amoako Baffo, a deeply moved resident, described the scene: “It was heartbreaking to see her lying there, helpless and in pain. We tried to help, but there was only so much we could do.”

Akos Opare, who lives opposite the site, saw the ambulance that abandoned her: “I saw the ambulance leave her there. She was in so much pain, and there was nothing I could do to ease her suffering.”

Both Eric and Akos, along with other residents, walk past the spot daily, haunted by the memory of her cries and their inability to save her. “Every day, I think about her

and wonder if there was something more we could have done,” said Vida Anaman, another resident.

The community’s grief has led to a public outcry. The Ghana Health Service has suspended Dr. George Prah, the Medical Director of the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital, pending an investigation. A committee has been established to uncover the truth within 30 days.

The Assemblyman for the area, Geoffrey Payin Inkum, expressed his concern: “We are deeply saddened by what happened. This should never have occurred, and we must ensure it never happens again.”

As the investigation continues, the village of Gomoa-Ojobi remains united in their grief and determination to seek justice for the abandoned woman.

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