Health News of 2014-05-09

Kath Missing baby: Suweiba rejects GHC 50,000 compensation

The family of Suweiba Abdul Moomen, the woman whose baby went missing at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has rejected a GHC50,000 compensation from an anonymous source.

According to Suweiba’s brother, Abdul Rahman Moomen, a delegation of community leaders presented the money to them and urged them to forget about the case.

The community leaders however, refused to disclose the source of the compensation to the family.

The body of a stillborn baby went missing at KATH in February this year. Other bodies of about four stillborn babies were also reported missing.

The Health Ministry intervened by giving the hospital authorities a 14-day ultimatum to produce the bodies of the missing babies.

The doctor and midwife on duty during the delivery of the baby were asked to proceed on leave pending investigations.

Some workers including health officials of KATH were also arrested and are facing prosecution in court for their suspected involvement in the missing baby saga.

The failure of the hospital management to locate the body of the baby resulted in the dismissal of the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Professor Ohene Adjei.

Months after the incident occurred, the matter is yet to be resolved. Abdul Rahman Moomen, in an interview with Citi News said the family rejected the money because justice will not be served.

According to him, there is still so much uncertainty regarding the status of the baby; whether it was indeed stillborn or it is alive in an unknown location.

Early on, the Minister of Health, Sherry Ayittey told Citi News, she will instruct the management of KATH to compensate Suweiba if they fail to find her baby.

“The hospital must account for it so it is the hospital that will certify the whereabout of the baby…it is the administration that will be responsible for any serious compensation to the family.”

It is however unclear if the said compensation came from the Hospital or the Ministry.

Source: citifmonline.com
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