The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Samuel Nartey George (Sam George) on Saturday morning [May 15, 2021] did a Twitter thread about a 12-year-old who lost his life due to the poor health system in the country, which he claims has made him “angry, sad and pissed.”
According to Sam George, he got a call from an Assemblyman in his constituency who needed help in transferring his 12-year-old son from Battor Catholic Hospital to the 37 Military Hospital after Korle Bu Teaching Hospital denied his referral because there was no bed.
He revealed that he had to call his fellow parliamentarian, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, to intervene in getting approval from 37 Military Hospital for the ambulance to convey the child. However, it was too late as the child died after “he blacked out and could not be resuscitated.”
He wrote: “Why it would have to take 2 MPs to find a bed for a dying child who needed critical medical care has deprived me of sleep. Why we have ambulances that cannot move because there is no system in place to let them know where to go angers me. Why we have a world-class facility like the University of Ghana Medical Centre with so many empty beds rotting away beats my understanding. Yet another needless death. Should you know a big man somewhere for you to get the basic necessities?”
“This death has really pained me. It has left me bitter at the system. It has left me angry at the #FixYourself folks. How could the Assemblyman or his 12-year-old fix this issue? The Republic is indeed very sick and needs to be fixed. How much longer can we go on like this. May the soul of this little child whose only crime is to be born Ghanaian rest in the bosom of the LORD.”
Even though many Ghanaians on Twitter were saddened by the death of the 12-year-old boy, they went at Sam George and criticized him for not doing the necessary things as a parliamentarian to ensure that the health system in the country and well as other problems are fixed.
According to those who reacted to Sam George’s post, he needs to channel his anger into ensuring that issues like what he reported are raised and discussed on the floor of parliament to ensure that the right policies are implemented to make the lives of Ghanaians better.
Here are some reactions to Sam George’s Twitter thread:
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