COMMITTEE OF FIVE INAUGURATED TO PROBE REGIONAL HOSPITAL STAFF OVER DEATH OF BOY BITTEN BY SNAKE

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The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih has set up a five member committee to unravel the issues surrounding the death of a two year old boy, who died of snake bite over the weekend, after he was allegedly denied medical attention at the Regional Hospital, Wa.

Following reports that the boy, bitten by a snake, was denied treatment due to the absence of folder at the Regional Hospital, the minister on Monday at a Meet the Press Series in Nandom pledged to ensure that anyone found culpable in the death of two-year old Ibrahim Shahid will not go unpunished. On the back of this pledge, Dr Bin Salih Tuesday afternoon inaugurated the committee to look into the circumstances that led to the death of the boy.

Announcing the development on his facebook page, Hon Bin Salih said “I had to constitute the committee to investigate whether or not there was negligence and or culpability on the part of the staff of the hospital leading to the death of the child.” The Minister further charged the committee to complete and submit its report on or before 26th November, 2019.

The five-member committee is made up of a retired nurse, Alhaji Issaka Hassan, who chairs the committee; a journalist, Yakubu Abdul-Gafur and Lawyer Frank Asiedu Nimarkoh of the Attorney-General Department. The others are Mr. Alfred Anzagirah of the Ghana Health Service and D/Cpl Richman Ayitey of the Ghana Police Service.

Ibrahim Shahid, now deceased, was a native of Boli, a community in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region. He was reportedly referred from the Boli CHPS compound to the Regional Hospital, Wa on Saturday, November 9, 2019, following the snake bite. On arrival, the parents were asked to get a folder before he could be attended to. Allegedly, workers at the folder unit were not at post at the time which made the parents to return home with the boy without treatment thereby leading to his death.

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