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Two Remanded Over Injection Deaths at New Senchi

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Two workers at the New Senchi Health Centre in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region, who had been detained by police when four patients died after being administered injections, have been remanded into Police custody.

The four deceased persons are believed to have been injected with a contaminated drug that led to their deaths.

According to investigations so far, 0.9% normal saline, the solution used to mix the BenzathinePenicilin powder for injection was contaminated after it was opened and re-used for several days.

In a Citi News interview, the Public Relations Officer for the Eastern Regional Police Command, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, said the two were denied bail by the Senchi Magistrate Court on Tuesday, and are expected to re-appear in court on the 17th of this month.

“We have provisionally charged the two suspects and presented them before the court, and they have been remanded into police custody to enable us to conclude investigations that we have begun so far,” he said.

He also added that the ongoing investigation is a collaboration between the Eastern Regional Police, Regional Health Directorate and the Food and Drugs Authority.

Two medical personnel were detained by the Senchi-Adome Police in March over the incident.

The Asuogyaman District Director of Health, Abdul Aziz Abdulai, confirmed to Citi News that the two; James Yeboah, who is believed to have administered the injections and Simon Takeramah, the manager of the facility, are now assisting the police and the regional medical team to unravel the circumstances that led to the deaths.

“The persons who are said to have been given those injections have been handed over to the police. We looked at the criminal aspect of it, then I needed to make a formal complaint to the police… statements were taken from them and they have been detained for further investigations,” he said.

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