It was a total lockdown especially for English listeners in the capital on Wednesday when parents shared tears whilst recounting grim experiences at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.
The parents were speaking on Joy FM’s flagship programme, the Super Morning Show jointly hosted by Kojo Yankson and Mamavi Owusu-Aboagye who pitched camp at the premises of KATH.
The show follows chilling revelations of exceptionally high infant and maternal mortalities at the country’s second largest referral hospital.
The harrowing revelations were detailed in Joy News’ newest project, Special Assignment. The documentary was screened both on Joy FM and the Joy News channel on MultiTV Monday, March 13, 2017.
Following the screening, many who have had unpleasant experiences at the medical facility came forward to share their stories.
Social media was awash with posts of viewers and listeners shocked by the findings of Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng.
Seth revealed in the documentary that at least four babies die at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital every day. On a bad day as many as seven babies die.
Nurses and doctors do not dispute the figures because they reflect an uncomfortable reality they live with daily.
It was all tears when Mr. Owusu Ansah narrated on the Super Morning Show, the heartrending circumstances under which he lost two babies in a row at the hospital.
Amidst tears, intermittent sobbing and eventual loud burst into uncontrollable crying, he painted the picture of slaughterhouse rather than a hospital of KATH.
That was not Mr. Ansah’s only agonising experience at KATH; he had a third scare where both baby and mother picked up infections at the hospitals, the third time he sent his wife there – grudgingly.
He believes their survival was a miracle for which he is eternally grateful.
With the lives of both mother hanging perilously by a thread and previous misfortunes replaying unceasingly on his mind, Mr. Ansah said he absent-mindedly obeyed instructions to procure medications for his wife and baby.
On his return, he was caught in a quandary as to who to attend to first.
The difficult road travelled by Mr. Ansah is a familiar road which has left many with deep scars.
The harrowing tales detailed in the documentary and the emotional story of Mr. Ansah left many Joy FM listeners and Joy News TV viewers shedding tears.
Whilst they wept and mothers and babies die leaving doctors and nurses frustrated and anguished, a building started 43 years ago which would significantly reduce congestion – the precursor of these deaths and their concomitant pain – stands aloof and abandoned.
The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Nsiah Asare has promised the project will be completed.
If completed the 1000-bed facility is expected to reverse the current hazardous practice of women in labour queuing to give birth and save doctors and nurses from the mind-numbing tedium of deciding who to save and who to let die.