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Woman in labour dies after Ambulance Service allegedly demanded GHS600

A Sekondi-Takoradi man by the name of Mr John Obiri Yeboah has lost his wife in a painful manner after a team of the Ghana Ambulance Service allegedly demanded money before transporting his wife to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

Mr Yeboah speaking on the Jolly Breakfast Show (JBS) on Skyy Power 93.5FM on Friday, January 7, made it known his pregnant wife was told she was going to deliver through a Cesarean section at the Fijai Holy Child Hospital so they should come prepared on Monday, January 3, 2022.

According to him, the surgery was done on Tuesday, January 4, in the early hours of the morning which he went home to prepare some food for his wife. In the process, he had information that his wife’s condition has deteriorated through a phone call from the wife’s sister who was at the hospital.

She was then referred to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

He said, “On my way going to the hospital, I had a call from the Ghana Ambulance Service alerting me to meet them at a particular junction.

“I met them with my wife and her sister in the vehicle and right at that moment, they demanded GHS600, giving an excuse that there is no fuel in the vehicle to transport my wife to Accra. I was a bit confused because I had not prepared and thought it would rather be included in my final bill.

“I did not have enough money which I told the ambulance team, they moved some distance but stopped at a filling station in Assorko Essaman, emphasizing there is no fuel and cannot go further. We spent some moments there so I had to find GHS50 for fuel but the driver rather moved back to the hospital which a heated argument ensued between the them and the hospital staff.

Mr Yeboah noted that the argument went on for a while before the medical team came up with that amount of money for the ambulance.

He added, “The driver told me to wait at the hospital whiles he goes to buy the fuel after which we will continue our journey to Accra, during that moment my wife was still in the vehicle.

However, he indicated while on their way to Accra, the ambulance team communicated to him that, his wife’s condition had worsened and they would rather take her to the Cape Coast Hospital for emergency care.

“I was confused at first, but the moment we got to the Cape Coast Hospital, my wife had died” he added.

Mr Yeboah highlighted that the delay over the GHS600 led to the death of his beloved wife.

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