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Health News Thu, 31 Mar 2016

BA hospital mute over surgical error

The management of the Brong Ahafo Regional Hospital is yet to respond to allegations of a surgical error which led to the death of eight-year-old Priscilla Pomaa, a former primary two pupil of Chiraa Model Primary School in Sunyani.

The administrator of the hospital, Bediako Asare, told DAILY GUIDE that authorities of the hospital unhappy with media reports concerning the incident, but would also not say their side of the issue or take responsibility for the death of the girl.

The management had earlier planned a press conference to present its side of the story, however, the scheduled meeting was cancelled, with the hospital saying the matter had been taken over by the Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Ebenezer Appiah Denkyirah.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old mother of the child, Mary Adumaa, and members of Priscilla’s family are still grieving from the death of Priscilla, whom they described as a promising star of the family.

Adumaa Mary, speaking to DAILY GUIDE, recounted painfully how her second daughter suffered at the hands of doctors at the regional hospital after five unsuccessful operations to cure her of appendicitis.

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Mary still believe doctors at the hospital did not do a good job because after they realised they had come to the wits end of their professional skills did not refer her to another facility as suggested.

She said the hospital’s administration cannot deny negligence and lack of professional knowledge because after the issue was taken up by a local radio station, Ark FM, the medical director of the hospital, Dr. Jacob Abebrese, queried the team of doctors who operated on the child.

It would be recalled that little Priscilla was diagnosed of appendicitis after she complained of headache upon return from school in November last year.

Doctors at the hospital did five unsuccessful operations, including fistula operations, but that worsened her condition as the stitches opened later, leading to a gaping hole in her stomach and intestines which subsequently led to her death.

Source: dailyguideafrica.com