MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa Calls for Probe into Alleged Hospital Abandonment Case

by Louisa Afful
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Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu, has called for urgent action following allegations that a patient was abandoned by hospital staff in a bush at Gomoa Ojobi, Central Region. He has demanded the immediate summoning of the Board and Management of Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital and the Ministry of Health.

Photos circulating on social media show a woman wrapped in sheets, reportedly left in a bush. Unconfirmed reports suggest she died after being abandoned by hospital authorities. Addressing Parliament, Mr. Ablakwa said, “This morning, I was hit with a shocking report on national television. Doctors and nurses at Winneba Government Hospital abandoned a patient who had an accident because they couldn’t locate her family. They took her in an ambulance and dumped her in the bush, where she died after three days.”

He emphasized, “This is the height of inhumanity. Parliament must take an interest. We need to summon the Health Minister, the Ghana Health Service, and the hospital’s Board and Management. We must conduct an urgent probe into this negligence, which violates the 1992 Constitution and the Hippocratic Oath of our doctors.”

In response, Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin stated, “The institution involved has a primary mandate and has initiated an investigation. I believe we should allow them to complete their work, publish their report, and implement necessary sanctions. If Parliament still feels the need, we can then take further action.”

Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin expressed deep sadness over the incident, saying, “It is heart-wrenching. When I read and viewed what happened on TV, I was deeply saddened. As a country, we should not go this low. However, these are allegations. We should allow the appropriate authorities to investigate, and if justice is not served, we will exercise our oversight responsibility.”

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