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Posted - 07 Sep 2020 :  14:24:52  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote

By Lamin Cham on September 7, 2020

The management of the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, has expressed shock and regret over the death of Fatou Dibba of Bakau who died in an ambulance at its Accident and Emergency while waiting to be attended.

Social media and early speculations indicated that Madame Dibba was turned away at the EFSTH as doctors feared she was suffering from Covid-19.

Fatou was pregnant with twins, one of which “naturally” delivered but a cesarean was carried out to deliver the second at ASB clinic. However, she had developed difficulties and was rushed to the EFSTH where she was pronounced dead.

The hospital management said the incident was regrettable and expressed condolences to the bereaved family.

“Any death that occurs in the hospital is reviewed as a routine and we take any allegations leveled against the hospital and its staff very seriously. In this case, we have deemed it necessary to launch an urgent and comprehensive investigation into this matter, to piece together the exact events that transpired at EFSTH on that fateful day, and any other relevant information surrounding the case, so as to take concrete steps to try and ensure that a similar event does not occur again,” the statement signed by the EFSTH PRO Kebba Nyancho Sanneh said.

The hospital also assured Gambians that in the interest of transparency, the outcomes of the investigation shall be communicated in due course.

“In the meantime, we would also like to reassure the general public and all referring institutions that we continue to operate as best as normal to continue to provide tertiary and referral services despite the current Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country. We would also like to reassure the general public that there is no policy in our hospital to turn away any patient in need of our services,” the statement added.


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Posted - 14 Oct 2020 :  20:41:06  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote

By Alagie Manneh on October 14, 2020

The Gambia’s main referral hospital, Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, has suspended an unnamed doctor one month after the “negligent” death of one Fatou Dibba.

The unnamed doctor’s suspension came following a probe initiated by the hospital’s management.

“One of the staff has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of investigations by the Gambia Dental and Medical Council (GMDC),” the hospital said in a statement seen by The Standard.

The unidentified doctor is however still on the hospital’s payroll and being paid full salary, sources disclosed.

The hospital said it has held series of meetings on the issue and interviewed concerned staff.

“Shortcomings and mitigating circumstances were identified in the process right from the primary referring facility (ASB) to the EFSTH maternity episode, and the unfortunate demise of the patient,” the hospital added in its statement.

The Standard has learnt that more punitive actions may be taken, since the GMDC, which also initiated its own probe into the unfortunate event, is yet to make its findings and recommendations public.

“The entire dossier was forwarded to the Gambia Dental and Medical Council (GMDC), being the regulatory body for medical and dental professionals in the country, for investigation and recommendations,” the hospital added.

Fatou Dibba, 37, died in an ambulance at the EFSTH’s A&E after giving birth to twins.

She was referred after experiencing cough and breathing problems, but staff allegedly failed to attend to her due to fears she was exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19.

“She was a good person. She was so full of love. And she never disturbed anyone,” a family source told The Standard of her.

The main referral hospital’s spokesperson, Kebba Nyancho Sanneh had earlier told The Standard that the Ministry of Health, medical council and the AG’s Chambers have received the report and are anticipated to institute corrective actions.

Fatou Dibba, whose death marked a rallying cry from activists and women’s rights advocates with the #GambianWomenLivesMatter, left behind five children and a husband.
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