At least seven people have died and the death toll is still rising at the Tamale Teaching Hospital following management’s decision to abandon a faulty oxygen producing machine, which serves as a supply point for many health centers in the three regions in the North.
Sources say the faulty oxygen machine requires a little below GHC30,000 to fix, but instead, the management has committed to a weekly procurement of insufficient oxygen at GHC15,000.
According to a recent grading of health facilities in the region, it emerged tops out of the 11 districts in the area with the hopes that this could translate to increase in life expectancy in the area.
The Northern Regional representative of the Council of State, Professor Bog-Naa Yakubu Nantogmah has urged the government to only create dams in strategic locations in each of the three northern regions instead of creating one dam in each community as proposed.
In an exclusive interview with 3news.com, Prof. Yakubu Nantogmah although lauded the one village one dam policy of the NPP, he feared it may result in a waste of scare resources because some areas may not need these dams.
A male adult has died with two others in an unknown condition at the Tamale Teaching Hospital following oxygen shortage and also refusal of surgeons to administer an expired anesthesia drug on a patient who suffered “acute abdominal pain”.
Yahaya Zuberu was referred from the Samaritan Medical Center in Tamale after being diagnosed of acute abdomen and appendicitis. He was admitted at the Emergency ward of the referral center serving three regions in the country’s north and later wheeled into a theater for surgery.
The three projects – the Tamale Teaching Hospital, the Buipe Inland Port and the Kintampo Tourism Cluster – form part of SADA’s master plan which will serve as a blueprint to the transformation of the zone.