First lady to investigate deaths at KATH Maternity ward where 100 mothers die each year and 4 babies a day

First lady to investigate deaths at KATH Maternity ward where 100 mothers die each year and 4 babies a day




First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has promised to look into the deaths at the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital (KATH) in Kumasi following a video documentary “Next to Die” which was telecast by Joy News on Multi TV.

The first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, after watching snippets of the documentary on the television was touched by the evidence given by individuals’ parents who has lost their babies at the hospitals due to some challenges the maternity unit of the facility is going through currently.


"I definitely will look into it and see what I can do. I am a woman like these women who go through this, and I don't think in this day and age this thing should be happening," she said.

A victim of the challenges at KATH, Mr Owusu Ansah, narrating his ordeal recounted the heart-wrenching circumstances under which he lost two babies in a row at the hospital.

Amidst tears, intermittent sobbing and eventual loud burst into uncontrollable crying, he painted the picture of slaughterhouse rather than a hospital of KATH.

A pregnant woman at the Hospital waiting for delivery

In the documentary, it was revealed that at least four babies die at KATH every day. On a bad day as many as seven babies die.

There are only eight beds at the maternity unit of the second largest referral hospital in the country, which takes referrals from up to eight out of Ghana’s ten regions.

There are only two surgical theatres and close to 100 mothers die every year, often while waiting to be attended to. This has gone on for at least ten years, culminating into what can be described as a dire case of overcrowding at a health facility.


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