Komfo Anokye ‘Missing’ baby girl found dead

The girl’s family had earlier challenged the assertion that the baby had died and suggested that hospital staff were trying to ‘sell the baby’.

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baby-hand.jpg play The baby girl was born on Saturday March 25
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The contention about the whereabouts of a baby girl delivered at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital by hospital staff and the family of the baby has been settled with the hospital producing her lifeless body.

The girl’s family had earlier challenged the assertion that the baby had died and suggested that hospital staff were trying to ‘sell the baby’.

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KATH Maternity.jpg play After forty years, this maternity block remains unfinished

According to the girl’s father, Solomon ‘Nana Kwame’ Boakye Ansah, the child was born on Saturday March 25 but on Wednesday when the family wanted to see the baby, they were told the child had died.

According to him, the hospital says someone who claims to be a family member then signed for the baby taken to the mortuary. Repeated attempts by the family since then to see the body of the baby has proven futile.

“On Monday, the baby was healthy but on Wednesday I was told that the baby had died and a relative had signed for the baby to be taken to the mortuary, but it is my name that has been with the officials when we went to the hospital. I want them to produce that relative,” Nana Kwame said in an interview with Kumasi-based Adehye FM.

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A relative accused nurses at the hospital of trying to sell the baby.

“It is not true. The nurses are telling lies in order to sell the baby. I will not agree to this, that someone who is not a relative of the couple has come to sign. Have you heard this before?”

According to Accra-based Class FM, the family have now identified the body and burial arrangements are underway.

In 2014, two midwives were suspended following a similar incident at the hospital. The media extensively reported the matter but Suwaiba Mumuni has still not found her baby which was said to have been still born.

Analysis

While it will not be entirely strange for a baby to die days after it was deemed healthy, the risk is compounded in a hospital such as the Komfo Anokye Hospital.  

The maternity section of the hospital is infamous for overcrowding and the hospital lacks mechanisms to cope adequately with the numbers.

A hospital block that was designed 40 years ago with the aim of decongesting the maternity department remains unfinished despite promises to have it completed by successive governments.

According to hospital authorities, when completed, the block could reduce the number of deaths recorded at the section.

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