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General News of Monday, 29 August 2016


Sakumono Hospital reacts to Carlos Ahenkorah’s campaign accident story

Authorities at the Sakumono Hospital have reacted to claims by the campaign team of Tema West New Patriotic Party (NPP), Carlos Ahenkorah that the hospital should be blamed for the death of a 21-year-old who was knocked down by one of their campaign vehicles.

A 4x4 Sportage pick-up with registration number, GT 1561-16 which is one of the campaign cars of the NPP Parliamentary Candidate veered off the road and crashed into two pedestrians who were walking by the roadside at Sakumono Village in the night of Friday, 26th August, 2016.

21-year-old Believe Sara, who was one of the two persons hit by the vehicle, died of injuries sustained in the accident after being rushed to the Sakomono Hospital. Another pedestrian, Isaac Arkoh also sustained minor injuries.

Confirming the incident to Adom News, Communications Director of the Campaign Team, Kwasi Poku said the hospital ought to be blamed for the death of the 21-year old pedestrian.

“Let’s put on record, Ghana we are in trouble, the Sakumono Hospital, when we got to the hospital the girl was not dead, for like 30 minutes to an hour they couldn’t attend to the girl because they said they had no oxygen,” he said.

But these claims, an administrator at the Sakumono Hospital, Frank Essilfie said is untrue as the accident victim according to medical records at the hospital died eight (8) minutes after arrival and not thirty minutes as was claimed by Kwasi Poku.

“I want to put on record that that is totally untrue, the truth is that the patient was rushed in here at 11:30pm with no pulse, no BP pulse…she was brought with blood soaked in her dress and was gasping for breath, attempts to resuscitate her with oxygen were unsuccessful…,” he stated.

The administrator said according to the medical record of the deceased, the patient was declared dead at 11:38pm which is eight minutes after she was rushed in.

“She was declared dead at 11:38pm and that is between 11:30 and eight minutes interval…,” he insisted.

To him, it would be unfair for Kwasi Poku to accuse them of contributing to the death of the accident victim as they did all in their power to resuscitate the patient.

“How many hospitals respond that quickly and where is it that 'there is no oxygen' coming from when they have attempted to resuscitate her with oxygen…?,” he queried.

The patient, he added died from excessive bleeding from the face, nose as a result of the accident.