A driver of the Ghana Ambulance Service has been accused of unprofessional conduct by a resident of Takoradi over the death of his pregnant wife.
According to a report by Skyypowerfm.com, the ambulance driver demanded an amount of GHC600 from the bereaved man, John Obiri Yeboah for fuel before transporting his wife to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital when she had an emergency.
In an interview with Mr. Yeboah by SkyyPower FM, he said his pregnant wife who was due for delivery was asked to report at the Fijai Holy Child Hospital where she was scheduled to undergo a caesarean section on Monday January 3, 2021.
According to him the surgery was successful on January 4, 2021 which he however left for home to prepare some meal for her. He said, he then received a call from his wife’s sister that his wife condition had become critical and that she needed to be transferred to Korle Bu for immediate treatment.
“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 GHC600 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 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 moment there so I had to find GHC50 for fuel but the driver rather moved back to the hospital which a heated argument ensued between them and the hospital staff”, he said.
He added that, the amount was then settled by the Fijai hospital after the heated argument and that he had to wait for the driver to buy the fuel before they continue their journey whiles his wife was still in the vehicle. According to him, on their way, his wife condition worsened and it was suggested that she be sent to Cape Coast Hospital for an emergency care where upon arrival, she died.
Mr. Yeboah emphasized that, the unprofessional conduct of the driver over the GHC600 he demamded for fuel led to the demise of his wife. The status of the baby has not been reported.