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Management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) have provided answers to the controversy surrounding news about the missing baby in the hospital.

A family whose baby died at the hospital had earlier claimed their baby was declared dead and sent to the mortuary without their consent.

The controversy grew murkier when the forms suggested that a family member had thumb printed documents authorising the hospital to send the dead baby to the mortuary.

But it turns out that another family had mistakenly thumb printed the documents meant for the aggrieved family.

The two families met today at the hospital to identify their babies and correct details on their forms.

The Acting head of the Health Directorate at KATH Professor Sampson Antwi explaining the discrepancies during media briefing said, there was a miscommunication between the nurses and the mother.

‘What happened on that particular day was there were two babies that have died so the nurse called the names of the mothers Abigail Opoku and one Emelia Bono to come and satisfy their babies. Unfortunately, Abigail Opoku who is the subject that we are discussing now is on admission. When he called the names, Emelia showed up, but when she came thumb printing for the body, she mistakenly thumb printed against Abigail Opoku, and so Emelia Bono’s place was vacate. As far as the nurses were concerned, no relative has certified the body so they kept on calling Emelia, the mother has thumb printed a wrong place and has gone. So the father showed up to pay the bill i don’t know the circumstances, he went to sign the name against the correct place,’ he said.

The father of the dead baby Solomon Boakye Ansah who spoke to Ultimate news expressed satisfaction with the explanations given so far.

The baby’s grandmother Akua Afriyie who identified the body at the mortuary admits the medical officers were to blamed for the mishap.

She believes a better explanation could have prevented the controversy.

By: Ghana/ Heahcote-Fumador