The Executive Director of Centre for Constitutional Order, lawyer Solomon Osei Ofosu has said that, the institution has decided to offer a pro-bono service for the family of deceased mother and baby at the Suntreso Government Hospital.
According to him, the organization provides pro-bono services in such human-interest cases.
He believes the case is one of negligence on the part of health professionals that led to the death of a mother and child at the Suntreso hospital.
These pro-bono services he said would investigate and follow the case free of charge.
Explaining into detail the main services provided by the Centre for Constitutional Order on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5 today (Wednesday), the Executive Director said, they research and address human interest issues.
On their achievements he said they have investigated the police sector to find out how the police must handle arrests without warrants (ie with the relevant authority from the court to buttress the arrest).
Adding, he said that they have been able to investigate for almost 50 years to come out that, the police are to submit monthly to the Magistrate Court such cases of arrest without warrant.
“The police mostly arrest people without reason. We submitted the issue to court and won the case. The court has further ordered that the Police should adhere to this provision as stipulated by law”, he added.
This he said has gone a long way to curb the rampant cases of indiscriminate arrests without warrant by the police in the country.
On the issue of the man who lost his family at Suntreso hospital, the Executive Director said they would investigate his case when he comes for assistance at the firm.
Explaining further, he said that the organization can offer assistance only when he resorts to the organization.
“We cannot take on the issue if the victim has not come to us. We do not know the arrangements he/she has made. We cannot operate in our own power except that of the victim. We may not also be able to attain locus (a legal term which the prerequisite to present a case in court signifying that the victim has permitted that his/her case should be investigated into”, he emphasized.
We also ascertain the truth every case before we take the necessary measures to investigate the case, he added.
Concluding, he expressed how sorrowful such acts of negligence on the part of health practitioners, results in the loss of lives.
“It is displeasing how doctors demand ‘motivation fee’ before treating patients and how some doctors shirk their responsibility saying there are no beds after they have sworn oaths to protect human lives. We had to send volunteers to ascertain the truth in the death of the woman who died yesterday. We were so sad, we couldn’t do anything”, he lamented.
He finally said the firm can be located at Shiashi and be communicated on 0236800214. He urged all Ghanaians to come together to fight such acts of negligence.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)