Mother of Kwasi Mathias, the one and half year -old baby who was allegedly injected with expired drugs at the Amasaman Government Hospital, has taken the management of the facility to the cleaners.
In an exclusive interview on Frontline hosted by Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mrs. Linda Sarpong said the hospital wanted to cover up the matter.
According to Mrs. Sarpong, she had reservations in sending her son to the hospital due to their poor services but had no option because she had visited a friend around the hospital when her son’s temperature rose.
She further disclosed that her son was diagnosed with “Bronchus Pneumonia” an infection of the respiratory system.
Mrs Sarpong saw a doctor and the doctor prescribed anti-biotics for the treatment of her son’s condition.
She visited the dispensary of the hospital and purchased the drugs.
But unfortunately, all the seven drugs prescribed for the son were expired.
The mother said it took the vigilance of the nurse who was on night shift, to realize the drugs were expired but unfortunately, the nurse who was on duty in the day had injected my son with one of the drugs, she stated.
‘’Later that night, a nurse came to check on my ward for the second dosage only to realize the drug given to the child was expired. She checked the remaining drugs and observed they were all expired.
Six (6) of the drugs expired in 2017 while 1 expired in March 2018. “I was in shock and disbelief. The nurse shouted Jesus after I told her my son was injected with one of the expired drugs,” she narrated.
Mrs Sarpong told Kwame Tutu she reported the incident to the hospital but management denied purchasing of the drugs from the hospital dispensary.
‘’I then brought out the receipt and again, they wanted to deny that the nurse injected my son with the expired drug. They farmed a story saying the nurse realized the drug was expired, and so she later changed it and injected my son with a different drug. I was shocked at the way the hospital wanted to manage the issue,’’ she painfully said.
She was very disappointed in their acts when a nurse quoted “if something would have happened to your son it would have occurred long ago”.
The comment forced her to file a report to the Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr E Sarpong Ntiamoah for further investigation and sanctions to enforced but nothing has been done till now.
She continued: ‘’ I later went to the dispensary to purchase the same drug the next day but was refused with excuses. The one in charge told me there was shortage of that drug. At this point, I became furious and wondered why the man lied to me. I asked him why he lied after selling expired drugs to me a day before then he [pharmacist] said his boss had gone out with the key.’’
The Medical Superintendent she noted made an attempt to retrieve the expired drugs from her but the husband refused and only gave the doctor 2 out of the remaining six.
‘’The medical superintendent promised to investigate the issue and deal with it. However, he has refused to pick our calls and he is also not calling us as he promised.’’
Mrs Sarpong was preparing to send her son to a private hospital at the time she granted the interview.
By: Nicholas Nii Nai Afful (Intern, Rainbow Radio)