First Lady to intervene in needless KATH death after viewing JOYNEWS’ “Next to die’

The First Lady has promised to contribute to finding solution to the needless deaths at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) following the JOYNEWS Special Assignment documentary ‘Next to die’.

Rebecca Akufo-Addo who registered her discontent with the current situation said she would see how best she could intervene and halt these needless deaths. 

Seth Kwame Boateng’s documentary highlighted maternal and child deaths as a result of lack of space and logistics at the hospital.  

Doctors and other stakeholders have called for the speedy completion of an abandoned 1000 bed capacity maternal block for the hospital.

On the average, about 100 women are dying on delivery beds at the KATH in Kumasi annually, while about four babies die each day.

Officials say the situation has reached a crisis level as women in labour are forced to join long queues.

On Thursday afternoon, Mrs Akufo-Addo and the wife of the Vice President, Samira Bawumia received copies of the documentary from a delegation from the Multimedia Group Limited led by the Managing Director of MultiTV Santokh Singh.

Rebecca Akufo-Addo was heartbroken by the documentary he watched on TV. 

“I must say that what I watched was rather touching to see what is going on in the KATH. I cannot understand why a building has been going on for the last 40 years.

“I am a woman like these women who go through this and I don’t think in this day and age this should be happening to any woman in the world.  

She thanked the group for drawing her attention with the presentation and promised to get back to them after watching the full documentary. 

Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Bawumia also promised to support the effort to find a solution to the heartwrenching story of mothers losing their lives and their babies.  

Meanwhile, authorities at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital are optimistic the abandoned Mother and Child Unit block will soon be completed.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joseph Akpaloo says some organizations; including financial institutions and individuals have expressed interest in helping to complete the project in order to prevent neonatal deaths at the facility.