One dead as theatre roof caves in during surgery at Effia Nkwanta hospital

The roof of the main surgical ward which contains the obstetrics and gynecology ward at the Effia Nkwanta Hospital in the Western region has caved in during surgery.

The surgery which was being undertaken on three pregnant patients had to be halted when the unfortunate incident occurred.

Doctors had to transfer the patients to the Kwesimintim Hospital for the process to continue.

One of them died and some have attributed her death to the incident.

But the Medical Director of the Effia Nkwanta Hospital, Dr Kwau Ntodi in an interview with Joy News correspondent Francis Whajah denied this.

Dr Ntodi said the lady could have died even if the incident had not occurred because she had a ruptured uterus.

Her death, therefore, he said, could not have been as a result of the movement from the hospital to another.

The medical officer who attended to the lady upon arrival at the Kwesimintim hospital, Ernest Anderson also told Whajah that the baby had already died before they arrived at the hospital.


The other two patients are in good condition, Whajah reports. They have been operated upon and are recovering.

Meanwhile, the debris has been cleared at the ward and some experts have been brought in to assess the situation.

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