Achimota School Found Negligent in Tragic Student Death Case

Achimota School has been held accountable for negligence resulting in the tragic death of student Kervin Kofi Moses approximately eight years ago.

Achimota School has been held accountable for negligence resulting in the tragic death of student Kervin Kofi Moses approximately eight years ago.

Achimota School has been held accountable for negligence resulting in the tragic death of student Kervin Kofi Moses approximately eight years ago.

The incident unfolded when Kervin, feeling unwell on November 28, 2016, visited the school clinic complaining of symptoms resembling malaria.

Instead of receiving appropriate medical attention, he was administered ibuprofen and informed that his condition was not malaria.

Concerned about his deteriorating health, Kervin contacted his mother to alert her of his worsening condition.

During the trial, evidence revealed that despite the mother’s repeated attempts to persuade the Housemaster of Fraser House, where Kervin resided, to allow her son to seek medical care, these requests were refused.

Messages exchanged between the mother and the Housemaster indicated her urgency to check on Kervin’s health, but many of these pleas went unanswered. Eventually, on December 2, 2016, the Housemaster notified the mother that Kervin had been rushed to Achimota Hospital due to his illness. Tragically, he was later transferred to the 37 Military Hospital, where he passed away on December 4, 2016.

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In the judgment, the court determined that Achimota School had a duty of care towards Kervin, as he was under their supervision and care. The Housemaster’s failure to ensure Kervin received timely medical attention was deemed a breach of this duty.

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As a result, the court held Achimota School, the Housemaster, and the Attorney General liable for negligence, awarding GH¢ 400,000 in general damages and GH¢ 200,000 in damages for the wrongful death of Kervin.

This ruling highlights the critical importance of institutions ensuring the safety and well-being of students under their care, particularly in matters concerning health and medical emergencies.

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