Critical Lapse in Healthcare: Man Dies at UDS, Tamale Campus After Being Abandoned and Allegedly Denied Treatment

In a tragic turn of events, a critically ill man named Ibrahim died in front of the University for Development Studies (UDS) Tamale Campus on Friday, June 28, 2024, after being abandoned by his brother and allegedly denied treatment at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

According to reports gathered by EDHUB, Ibrahim had traveled from Kumasi to Tamale with his brother to seek treatment for a debilitating spinal problem that had left him paralyzed for an extended period. Upon arriving in Tamale, Ibrahim’s brother informed him that he was out of cash and left to retrieve money, promising to return shortly. Unfortunately, the brother did not return until today, leaving Ibrahim stranded and in a deteriorating condition.

The distressing scene unfolded when some UDS students discovered Ibrahim in critical condition and immediately alerted the campus police unit. The campus police, recognizing the severity of the situation, contacted the national ambulance service. Upon arrival, the national ambulance team promptly reached out to the Tamale Teaching Hospital to inform them of the emergency.

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However, the hospital allegedly declined to provide treatment, citing the absence of identification documents from the deceased. Despite the efforts of the ambulance team and the presence of the police, Ibrahim tragically passed away minutes later.

The police have since deposited Ibrahim’s body at the mortuary, while the community mourns this preventable loss of life. This incident raises serious questions about the accessibility and responsiveness of emergency healthcare services, particularly concerning the requirement of identification in critical situations.

The circumstances surrounding Ibrahim’s abandonment by his brother and the subsequent denial of treatment at the hospital underscore the urgent need for systemic improvements in patient care protocols. As investigations continue, it is imperative for healthcare institutions to re-evaluate their emergency response strategies to prevent such tragic occurrences in the future.

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