No casualty recorded in Effia Nkwanta hospital accident

Authorities of the Effia Nkwanta hospital in the Western Region have said no casualties were recorded on Friday when the facility’s surgical theatre caved in.

There were reports that doctors at the hospital were conducting a surgical operation on a pregnant woman when the ceiling came down on the floor.

The report also claimed that the woman died few minutes after the incident.

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But, administrator of the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Mr. FKK Boakye who confirmed the development to Citi News but said the patient is alive.

“The patient was transferred to a different theatre and is currently alive and well. She is not a pregnant woman too as people are alleging,” he added.

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Hospital blames collapsed ceiling on old facility

Management also admitted that the fallout was because the facility had become old.

Explaining how the ceiling caved in, the administrator said it happened on Friday “when one of the doctors called to inform me. We did what we had to do to get lives saved.”

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“Everything is under control now. That portion is being rehabilitated as we speak. But this is no news,” he added.

Mr. Boakye also said “our facility is old and so portions of it keep falling apart occasionally. Even my office sometimes leak whenever it rains. My bungalow also leaks and portions do occasionally fall apart. But we are managing with the little resources available to us.”

New facility needed

When asked about the way forward, Mr. Boakye admitted that, the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital; which is serving a total population of 2.63 million people in the region needs to be renovated immediately or rebuilt.

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It will be recalled that the Male Ward C of the facility also caught fire in October 2014. The facility until recently had been battling to restore its broken elevators. It was also first to implement charging patient additional monies over the power crisis.

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By: Obrempong Yaw Ampofo/