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We may sue for negligence over death of our father-Family of man who died over lack of beds

Written by  Jun 12, 2018
One of the eldest sons of Anthony Opoku Acheampon, the 70 year-old man who died after he was turned away by six hospitals including Ghana’s premiere hospital, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital over lack of beds says the family maybe considering a legal action. Obiri Yeboah told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the family lawyer is currently out of the jurisdiction and will be back on Sunday. The family he noted will seek the advice from the lawyer on the way forward. The death of his late father he said was as a result of negligence on the part of the various hospitals that rejected them over the ‘No Bed’ syndrome. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has launched investigations into the circumstances that led to the death of the 70-year-old man. Director General of the GHS, Dr Nsiah Asare, said he is disturbed by the death of the 70-year-old man. Reacting to the probe, Obiri Yeboah called on GHS to expedite the probe and come out with concrete policies that will prevent such occurrences in the future. Anthony Opoku Acheampon, 70, died in his car at the LEKMA hospital after six other hospitals refused to admit him due to lack of beds. The incident he said happened on 3 June 2018 when his brother, Ishmael Opoku received a phone call from his mother to come home and assist in taking his father to the hospital because he was complaining of headache and dizziness. At midnight, Mr Opoku and his mother drove his father to the C&J Hospital at Adabraka where the nurse turned them away with the no bed excuse without even administering first aid. They left C& J Hospital to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where the same excuse of no bed was cited. From Korle Bu, they made trips to Korle Bu Polyclinic, the Accra Regional Hospital, the Police Hospital and the LEKMA Hospital where his father eventually died. All the hospitals they visited turned him away over claims that there was no bed. At the LEKMA hospital, Mr Opoku recalls his mother knelt before a doctor and pleaded that his father be attended to but the doctor refused to take care of him insisting there was nothing he could do. Mr Acheampon died in his son’s car after all attempts to get him medical treatment failed.
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