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Ambulance Service demands postmortem on woman who died in transit

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The Western and Western North Regional National Ambulance Service has asked for a postmortem on the 31-year-old, Augustina Awortwe, who lost her life while in transit after delivery at the Holy Child Catholic Hospital (HCCH) at Fijai, a suburb of Takoradi.

Dr Tawiah Siameh, Western Regional Coordinator of the National Ambulance Service, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the incident raised questions that required answers.

“I think a lot of things happened at the Hospital (Holy Child Catholic Hospital) and that is where the delay arose. We must admit that it happened that they did not even get to Cape Coast when the woman started deteriorating thereby raising a lot of questions.”

“In what state was the woman? because if the woman is in a very critical state, I would have suggested that at Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, we have obstetricians and gynaecologists and even a consultant obstetrician-gynaecologist who could have sorted this thing out at that level,” he argued.

He explained that “even if the intensive care was not ready, we have a high dependency unit which could have sorted this woman out to a certain level before she was further transported as there are ramps along the way and traffic that pose great complications and risks.”

“We could really have sorted this woman to be stable enough so I think there are a lot of questions. We are, therefore, suggesting that a post-mortem be done”, he stated.

He said though the story making rounds remained allegations against the Ambulance Service, the matter ought to be investigated.

“We need to find out why we needed to move this woman in the first place and what really happened since we are still in the dark on that aspect,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr John Obiri Yeboah, the husband of the deceased, has called for an investigation into the circumstances that led to the demise of his wife.

In his narrations, he could not fathom why an ambulance attendant could tell his colleague to use the time of the wife’s death to stake a lotto.

Source: GNA

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