Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital) has been cleared of any form of medical negligence by Health Officials following the death of 24-year-old Barbara Oforiwaa Agyemang at the facility.
The family of the deceased believe that the lady was treated wrongly due to wrong diagnoses. Paulina Agyemang, the mother of the deceased, said that the nurses and doctors who handled her daughter’s medical care treated her for COVID-19 which led to her death. Shortly after her death, her COVID-19 test came out negative.
But the hospital has in a statement on July 5, 2020, that nurses and doctors who took care of the deceased did no wrong and followed protocols.
The statement read, “there was no issue of medical negligence in the management of this case, neither was there any misdiagnosis.”
The mother of the deceased, Paulina Agyemang said her daughter was denied the appropriate treatment needed to recover as officials treated her for the novel coronavirus rather than the ailment she had reported to the facility with.
Upon further explanation by Paulina Agyemang, it was revealed that the late Barbara was isolated at a Covid-19 holding centre of the facility and that was where she spent the rest of her days until her untimely death.
What does the management say?
The management said that the staff at the holding centre explained to the family the circumstance leading to death and they did not file an official complaint.
The statement narrated that Barbara was referred from the Faith Mission Hospital and already ill on arrival after being diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis, which is a severe infection of the kidneys.
On arrival at the regional hospital June 11, she complained of general weakness, nausea and flank pain of a two-week duration.
After an assessment, the medical team made a diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis and admitted to the hospital’s medical ward and started on antibiotics, according to the management.
Upon other complaints of fever and chills on the second day, “further diagnosis of bronchopneumonia was made and on account of the respiratory symptoms and fever, a suspicion of Covid-19 infection was also considered.”
Barbara Oforiwaa Agyemang was transferred to the hospital’s Covid-19 holding centre.
According to the management, contrary to claims by her mother;
“all ongoing treatment s for acute pyelonephritis and bronchopneumonia were continued for her. Samples were taken for Covid-19 screening test.”
“On day 8, she was noticed to breathless intermittently. Laboratory test results indicated the possibility of clot formation and therefore prophylactic anticoagulation treatment was scaled up to treatment doses.”
The late Barbara, 24-year-old woman, died on June 19, 2020, and right after, her results came out as positive.
The statement further explained that the decision to transfer the deceased to the Covid-19 holding centre is in accordance with standard practice and did not affect the quality of care.
“It was rather a good precautionary measure so that other patients on the original ward are not unduly exposed,” the hospital said.
To conclude it all, there was no issue of medical negligence nor misdiagnosis on the part of the management according to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital).
The staff at the holding centre explained the circumstances leading to death to the family. The family has hence not resorted to any official complaints.