In response to the death of one of its passengers at the Kotoka International Airport, the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) has issued a statement.
The deceased landed on United Airlines from Dulles International Airport in Washington on Friday, June 17, 2022, according to GACL.
The passenger later complained of tiredness and respiratory difficulties, and he died as a result.
The incident was first shared on Facebook by a woman named Emelia Van Eck, and it rapidly went viral, prompting GACL’s administration to respond.
Below is Emeilia’s account of what happened.
I witness the last 10mins of a man’s life …….at the arrival hall at Kotoka. No first aid kit, no defibrillator no oxygen no aid …..no medic personal. the man was uneasy and a friend helped him to sit and within 10mins just like that he rolled his eyes and dropped dead. We kept yelling for help, medical assistance something and a nurse showed with a medical bag filled with paracetamol and plaster. My heart is broken. Could he have been saved …..possibly if there was proper first aid. We have the most expensive cars and houses in Ghana and no first aid kit to save a life? May his soul Rest In Peace. I pray Ghana Civil Aviation fix the problem. Life is so fragile ohhhhh
Read the full statement issued by GACL below;
“He was subsequently offered a wheelchair by the Ground Handler but became unconscious at the arrival hall and received medical attention but was unresponsive,” the statement read in portions,
The statement added he was conveyed to the airport clinic for further attention and he subsequently passed on.
“In line with protocols, the Airport District Police station was immediately informed,” it noted.
Meanwhile, the outfit says it has commenced an investigation into the incident as management extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved family.