The committee instituted by the Upper West Regional Minister to investigate circumstances that led to the death of a two-year-old boy at the upper West Regional Hospital has presented its report on Friday.
The 112-page document, which contained the findings recommended among other things for the
improvement of health service delivery, negligence on the part of health
personnel that led to the death of the boy must be sanctioned.
Dr Hafiz Bin Salih,
the Upper West Regional Minister noted that he would issue a white paper within
a week and gave the assurance that recommendations contained in the report
would be implemented to bring sanity into the health sector.
The Regional Minister
commended the committee for the work and that their recommendations if properly
implemented would go a long way to strengthen the health system in the region
and the country at large.
Dr Bin Salih
constituted the five-member committee on November 12, 2019, chaired by Mr
Alhaji Issaka Hassan, a retired nurse, to investigate alleged negligence on the
part of health personnel at the Upper West Regional Hospital, which led to the
death of a two-year-old boy.
November 9, 2019, a two-year-old boy from Boli in the Upper West Region
sustained a snake bite and was rushed to the emergency unit of the Upper West
The victim was
allegedly denied medical treatment due to the closure of the folder room at the
time he got to the facility, which led to his untimely death.
Dr Bin Salih
explained that in as much as the health sector in the region was bedeviled with
many challenges, the negative attitudes of some service providers also affected
quality service delivery.
He said he would
liaise with the appropriate institutions and stakeholders to help change those
Talking on the
operation of the new Upper West Regional Hospital, Dr Bin Salih explained that
training of staff posted to the facility had completed and was awaiting its
accreditation by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).
Minister added that the old Regional Hospital was downgraded to a Municipal
Hospital to pave way for the accreditation of the new facility as a regional
He said he held
discussions with the Director General of the Ghana Health Service to facilitate
processes towards securing the needed logistics including; vehicles and
ambulance and the seed capital for the facility to be operational.
He hoped that the
new Regional Hospital would be operational before January 2020.
Dr Bin Salih urged
the media to be ambassadors for the Upper West Region and to portray a positive
image of the region to the outside world to attract the needed investors.