Hypertensive patient in Kumasi dies due to strike action

General News of Thursday, 25 April 2013

Source: Joy Online

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Authorities at the SDA mission hospital in Kumasi have confirmed the death of a hypertensive patient who was turned away due to pressure brought on by doctors’ strike.

Government recently included the Kwadaso SDA Hospital in Kumasi on a list of alternative facilities for patients who are unable to get health care from public hospitals because of the doctors’ strike.

The outpatients’ department of government hospitals like the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is empty as patients are taken to private, mission and autonomous health institutions which are now being crowded.

However, Joy News has learnt that these health facilities have been struggling to cope with the pressure due to the sheer number of patients turning up in the hospital because there is no space.

The Medical Director at the Kwadaso SDA Hospital, Dr. Agyeman Boateng, who spoke to Luv Fm’s Erastus Asare Donkor, intimated that more people are likely to die if the standoff between the striking doctors and government is not swiftly resolved.

Erastus Asara Donkor reported that the situation is so bad that some patients have to sleep on benches as more people in need of care pour in.

But Minister for Health, Madam Sherry Ayittey, has told Joy News negotiations with the doctors have so far been positive.

She said she is confident that the grievances of the doctors will be resolved in the shortest possible time.

She has however dismissed criticism that her many recent tours of affected hospitals is a waste of time and resources.

There is another round of talks between the striking doctors and government later today as efforts continue to get the doctors back to work.

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