Health minister smells mischief as Joy News airs ‘Dead’ Documentary.

The Minister for Health is surprised at the timing of Joy TV’s latest documentary, ‘NEXT TO DIE,’ a d documentary they filmed last year November.

In an interview with host of the Global Morning Show, BK Aklama, the Minister impugned the rationale behind Joy TV’s decision to air the documentary this time, instead of last year when it was actually filmed.

“I am very shocked, do you know when that documentary was done, it was done in November last year, and they refused to show it until now.

What has informed their decision to show it now?” the minister questioned.

The documentary, which started airing on JOY NEWS on March 14, reveals grim realities of unfavorable health conditions prevalent at the maternity ward of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

It is ultimately aimed at soliciting for help from benevolent organizations and to draw the attention of government to the uncompleted 1000 capacity maternity ward.

Several deaths have been reported to have occurred due to insufficient beds in the Maternity Ward of the hospital. The problem which is basically due to referral cases has over the years overburdened the hospital’s maternity ward.

The hospital records child mortality of at least four deaths per day.

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, is the second-largest hospital in Ghana, and the only tertiary health institution in the Region.

It was the main referral hospital for the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Northern regions of Ghana until the then Tamale Regional Hospital was upgraded to a Teaching hospital, thereby easing some pressure on the former.

The hospital was built in 1954, as the Kumasi Central Hospital, and later named Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, after Okomfo Anokye, a legendary fetish priest of the Ashanti.

The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman, Manu is, however, optimistic that some funds will be sourced to complete the project in order to bring relief to the people.

“It’s unfortunate it’s not only Komfo Anokye that has problem, the problem might even be worse in other hospitals. The Korle-bu Teaching Hospital (KTH) has similar problems, and it’s not different from that of Komfo Anokye,” the minister said.

“We are confronted with a lot of situations and with some little patience, we will surmount them” he added.


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