Ghanaian medical student who died in Cuba was not denied healthcare— Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has expressed regret that people are using social media to spread false claims that a second-year Ghanaian medical student, Erasmus Klutse who died in Cuba was abandoned and denied healthcare.
She refuted the claims and expressed government’s commitment in addressing the issue.
The death of Mr Klutse, a GNPC-sponsored scholar in Cuba, has seen his colleagues in that country raise serious concerns about their living conditions and attributed his death to the deplorable conditions they live in.
Speaking during a visit by the Cuban Ambassador to Ghana to the Ministry, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey regretted that social media was being used to disseminate false and conflicting reports about the death of the student.
According to her, the government and the Ministry attached more seriousness to the issue when the news broke about Erasmus’ death.
“Because of social media, all kinds of things get into the public domain, and it is difficult to know what is the truth or otherwise. We received the news of the death of the 2nd-year student with a lot of concern but what is important is that he was not denied any medical attention. That is very important and must be noted by all,” she said.
Meanwhile, the remains of the student would be flown back to Ghana as soon as the ongoing autopsy is completed.
That was declared by the Executive Director of the GNPC Foundation, Dr Dominc Eduah.
Dr Eduah in a media interview expressed the GNPC Foundation’s commitment in catering for all the expenses involved in the transportation of the body back home.
“We discussed it, and we are waiting for the full autopsy report, and after that GNPC is on standby and is committed to ensuring that the body is brought in as early as possible for the necessary rites to be undertaken,” he added.