New Senchi: ‘Doctor’ who administered deadly injections operated illegally

By Lorlornyofm April 3, 2018 19:46

New Senchi: ‘Doctor’ who administered deadly injections operated illegally

Joy News has learnt that the man whose injections led to the death of four persons at the New Senchi Health Centre, was operating a private clinic at the facility.

The victims had gone to the facility for skin infections but the retired disease control officer, James Yeboah, is said to have administered contaminated injections.

According to the sources, even though he had retired six years ago, he uses the facility for his private gain.

Mr Yeboah’s work at the facility is concealed from the Asuogyaman District and the Eastern Regional Health authorities and is believed to have gotten the blessings of some persons at the Centre.

Related: Mysterious injection deaths: One more person dies

Police in the Eastern Region have begun criminal investigations into circumstances leading to the deaths of three people who took penicillin injections.

Already, preliminary investigations by the Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA) have revealed how medical officers at the New Senchi Health Centre in the Eastern Region administered contaminated penicillin injections to the patients.

Related: FDA dispatches Pharmacovigilance to investigate deaths at New Senchi

A family member of one of the deceased persons, Eugene Benjamin Gapher, told Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni his twin sister, Eugenia Atsupui Gapher, 42, passed away days after she took injections to treat some skin infections.

According to Benjamin, his sister took three injections in the buttocks on March 9th, 12th, 13th and complained of severe pains thereafter.

So far six people have lost their lives after receiving injections at the Health Centre.

According to sources, four of the six persons who died after receiving injections from him had no records at Health Centre’s Out Patients Department (OPD) as having been attended to.

The late, Eugenia Atsupui Gapher, a victim

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asuogyaman, Kwame Agyekum, who also chairs the district Security Council says he wants the police to work alongside the FDA to fully investigate the matter.

Related: Police begin investigations into injection deaths

“We have reported the case to the police. The police know what to do and they will have their own way of investigating. Various agencies are conducting investigations into the matter.

“But I know this particular man has been working there and doing this thing over the years. So he is an experienced health official,” he said.

He added the investigations will ascertain the exact cause of death.

Meanwhile, the FDA has dispatched its Pharmacovigilance team to the area to assist with the probe.

Last Friday, the police arrested and detained both James Yeboah and the officer in charge of the New Senchi Health Centre.

The head of the facility was later granted bail but Mr Yeboah still remains in police custody while investigations continue.

Source: Ghana| |Abubakar Ibrahim

By Lorlornyofm April 3, 2018 19:46
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