Saturday, March 26, 2011


The failure by authourities of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) to provide photocopy services to clients or patients who visit the facility for medical attention, almost send a 72 year old man, Tarana Tidow to his early grave last Tuesday morning in the hours between 10am and 11am.

Tarana Tidow who is one the chief linguists of the Paramount chief of the Kpasenkpe Traditional Area and President of National House of Chiefs, Wulugu Naa Pugansia Professor John Nabila, was earlier reported dead by some eyewitnesses.

However, checks by this blogger at the TTH revealed that he was still alive as the nurse in-charge (name withheld) confirmed he had a fracture on his upper left arm and a deep laceration on his head.

Preliminary checks at the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service in Tamale also confirmed that, the driver of the vehicle with registration number ER 6946 X, Bakari E. Mahama alias Jomo, an Assemblyman for Sakasaka Quarters in Tamale and IT Manager for Alzulfa Company Limited (sales and marketing agent of MTN-Ghana), had since failed to report the incident to the police.

Meanwhile, he has also sent the Vehicle into hiding just to prevent the police from seeing or apprehending it. He has also decided to settle the matter without the police after he and other family relations of the man reached a consensus.

The nurse at the Tamale Teaching Hospital hinted this reporter that the 72 year old man also a hypertension patient came to the hospital for his monthly medical check ups and was asked by the doctors to go and make a photocopy of his National Health Insurance card.

However, in an attempt to cross the main Yendi-Tamale dual road on his return to the Hospital, the already sick man was suddenly hit by the Toyota Hilux belonging to the Alzulfa Company Ltd.

The Chief Linguist was put inside the vehicle and rushed to the hospital, where he has since been admitted and receiving treatment at the Surgical Ward. Some relatives of patients at the TTH hinted that “this is the third time since January this year that they had personally witnessed sick persons who are asked to do photo copies and got involved accidents”.

Some eye witnesses who spoke to this blogger affirmed that the driver was on top speed and could not therefore save the man who had already entered the road after seeing the pickup from afar.

Some of them blamed the incidence on the Hospital authorities for their inability to procure a photocopier machine to render such services to patients and also preventing private individuals who express interest in running such business ventures on the TTH premises.

When contacted however, the Driver of the Vehicle, Bakari Mahama alleged that he rather reported the matter to the President of the National House of Chiefs, Naa Prof. Nabila who then asked him to hold on until he returns from Kumasi where he was purportedly holding a meeting with some chiefs.

Prof Nabila in stead of allowing the law to deal with the criminal aspect of the matter has rather compromised with the driver to settle the case amicably in the house without the involvement of the police.

A nephew of the accident victim Sabiyam Johnson is admitted to this blogger on a phone interview that, he and other relatives asked the driver to cater for his uncle instead of involving the police in the matter.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jomo told this blogger that he does not see the accident to be anything serious but he was surprised as to how it had attracted serious public attention. He debunked the eyewitnesses’ account that he was over speeding.

However, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Gabriel Nii Otu Ankrah when contacted by this blogger described the incident as very unfortunate. He explained that even though the hospital had photocopier machines in some of the offices, they were not for use for other activities either than administrative purposes.

He pledged to discuss with the management of the hospital to either purchase one of the machines or encourage private investors to establish a centre within the premises of the hospital.

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