Tema General Hospital rejects Neonatal Unit ‘baby death’ video

Tema General Hospital has refuted allegation of a baby dying at its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) following a power outage at the facility.

A video of a baby in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, whirled around on the social media which garnered attention and criticism from all quarters. Reigniting the discussion on load-shedding timetable to be made available by the Electricity Company of Ghana.

The hospital in a statement signed by the Medical Director, Dr. Richard Anthony explained that the incident which occurred on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, was triggered by an interruption in power supply from the national grid, prompting the facility to rely on its backup power plant.

During this period, the Medical Director said the dedicated generator serving the NICU momentarily tripped off, prompting immediate action from the hospital’s electricians to restore power to the critical unit until the national grid was reinstated.

“The facts are as follows: 1. The incident happened on Tuesday, 26th March, 2024 when the power from the national grid was interrupted and the Facility was relying on its power plant. 2. The dedicated generator set to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) tripped off for a short period and the hospital’s electricians worked to restore power to the Unit until the national grid was restored. 3. It must be emphasized that power was restored within two hours by the electricians at the Facility”

It further highlighted that despite the temporary setback, the hospital’s electricians successfully restored power within two hours, ensuring the safety and well-being of the NICU’s fragile patients.

Furthermore, it said “It is worth noting that no lives were lost as a result of this power outage.”

The statement also underscored the hospital’s commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of its patients above all else.

The Tema General Hospital assures the general public that the Facility will continue to put the health and safety of its patients at the core of its business, the statement concluded.

By: Bright Yao Dzakah | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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