The nightmare that is Ghana’s healthcare system continues to claim numerous lives everyday in the most bizarre ways imaginable.
If it’s not an old man being denied beds in hospitals till he dies it’s an ambulance not being available to cart away a former Veep to receive treatment.
Now, the next unfortunate person to ‘enjoy’ our system is a pregnant lady whose husband’s inability to raise an arbitrary fee being charged led to her painful death.
According to Class Fm, Angela Afriyie Agyemang was pregnant and due for delivery when she was rushed to the Suntreso government hospital by her husband, Pastor Solomon Lamo Latiff.
At that point her due date had passed by a week and at the hospital they were informed that a Caeseran had to be conducted on her but not before the husband had paid a mandatory Ghc 500 ‘doctor’s motivation’ fee.
Unable to pay on the spot, the pregnant lady was left in a wheel chair in front of the theatre until the money was paid.
According to Solomon the husband, his wife sat in the wheelchair for over three hours whilst he tried raising the money, until eventually she died.
He has vowed to sue the hospital for malpractice.
Such stories are rampant in our health system everyday and only a minute volume garner media attention. A system built this way which lets people die over otherwise harmless procedures is no system at all.
What we have is a ‘deathcare’ system, not a healthcare one.